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Music: Teachers

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff were responsible for musical instrument teaching in (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent terms in maintained (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each year since 1997. (255921)

The information requested is not available.

The number of music teachers in maintained primary schools is not collected centrally; the number of teachers of music in maintained secondary schools in England is collected as part of the Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey. This is an occasional survey that does not provide a full time series.

The following table gives data from the 2002 and 2007 surveys, the most recent years available, for full-time and full-time equivalent teachers (headcounts are not available). Please note, much musical instrument teaching is likely to be carried out by local Music Service staff, who will not be included in these figures:

Number of music teachers in maintained secondary schools in England; 2002 and 2007


Full-time equivalent1










1 Full-time teacher numbers are provided for 2002 and 2007; full-time equivalent teacher numbers (which includes part-time teachers) were only collected in 2007.


Teachers are counted once under each subject they teach. A teacher is included in the total if they teach at least one period per timetable rotation of Music.


Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey, 2002/07