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Head Teachers

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were without a permanent head teacher for more than three months in the past 12 months. (196574)

The information is not available in the format requested.

The following table provides the number of temporarily filled full-time head teacher posts in local authority maintained schools in England, January 1998 to 2007.

Temporarily filled full-time head teacher posts1 in local authority maintained schools in England by phase, January of each year

Temporarily filled as a percentage of head teachers in post

LEA maintained only

All maintained

Number of posts

19982

19992

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2007

Nursery and primary (percentage)

2.5

2.2

2.1

2.7

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.7

2.9

3.0

520

Secondary (percentage)

1.8

1.6

2.3

2.3

2.0

2.4

2.2

2.7

2.3

2.3

80

Special (percentage)

4.2

3.8

5.3

4.2

3.7

3.8

4.2

3.9

4.9

3.8

40

Total (percentage)

2.5

2.2

2.3

2.7

2.1

2.4

2.5

2.7

2.9

2.9

640

Total vacancies (number)

580

490

540

650

520

540

570

610

650

640

1 Temporarily filled full-time permanent appointments. The definition used is wider than the DCSF standard vacancy definition used elsewhere (bullet points b. and c. as follows are in addition to the normal definition). A post is included in this table:

a. where there is no incumbent who is expected to return to the post;

b. whether or not filled on a temporary basis, i.e. either without a contract or on a contract of less than one year;

c. whether or not advertised; and

d. where an appointment has been made but not yet taken up.

2 Excludes vacancies in schools that were grant maintained.

Note:

Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because of rounding.

Source:

618g survey.