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Teachers: Costs

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the average annual cost to local authorities of employing (a) supply teachers and (b) permanently employed teachers. (219900)

The Department does not hold information centrally on the average cost to local authorities of employing supply teachers. However, from local authority Section 52 Outturn Statements submitted to the DCSF, local authority maintained schools in England spent £872 million on supply teachers during the 2006-07 financial year (comprising of £433.3 million for directly employed supply teachers and £438.7 million for agency supply teachers).

The average cost per regular full-time qualified classroom teacher in England as at March 2006 was £38,400. This includes superannuation and national insurance. The average is for all regular full-time qualified classroom teachers in England except head, deputy and assistant head teachers.