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Languages: Teachers

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary school teachers of (a) Mandarin, (b) Urdu, (c) German, (d) Italian and (e) Japanese (i) there are in maintained secondary schools and (ii) qualified in the last year for which data are available. (249230)

Information on secondary school teachers and the subjects they are teaching is collected in the Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS). The most recent survey was carried out in February 2007, and achieved a sample of 14,137 teachers in 327 schools. Results were grossed up to provide national estimates of the number of secondary school teachers in England by subject area.

The SSCSS survey estimated the following numbers of teachers delivering at least one period a week of the requested subjects1:

Number of secondary school teachers of languages


Count of teachers



Languages/Other Languages










1 The table may include some double counting, as teachers are counted once under subject they are teaching. For example, a teacher who teaches Italian and German will be counted once under each subject. The table gives national estimates.


Data are rounded to nearest 10


Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey, 2007

The table includes a category of teachers who teach ‘Languages/Other Languages’—we do not know which language(s) these teachers are delivering and it is possible that it may include any of the subjects listed in the table. In addition, care should be taken when interpreting national estimates based upon a sample survey.

The number of teachers gaining QTS in Modern Foreign Languages in 2005-06, the most recent year for which data are available, was 1,260 (excluding those on employment based routes). We do not know which specific languages these teachers qualified in.