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Teachers: Recruitment

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the areas of the country facing difficulties in recruiting teachers; and what the reasons are for such difficulties. (211223)

Information collected by the Department relates to full-time vacancy rates. These figures are published in table 7 of the Statistical First Release on School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and pupil: adult ratios), January 2008 (provisional), accessible through:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000787/index. shtml

and in table 20 of the Statistical First Release on School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and pupil: adult ratios), January 2007 (Revised), accessible through:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rs3atewav/DB/SFR/s000743/index. shtml

Overall vacancy rates have decreased since 2002. There is no national shortage of teachers and the overall gap between the demand and supply of teachers continues to close. There are 441,200 full-time equivalent teachers in maintained schools—1,900 more than last year; 176,900 full-time equivalent teaching assistants—13,100 more than last year and 149,500 full-time equivalent administrative staff, technicians and other support staff—up 5,000 on last year. The pupil-teacher ratio has fallen in primaries from 21.8 pupils for every teacher to 21.6 and in secondary schools from 16.5 to 16.1.