The specialisms of science teachers in maintained secondary schools in England were 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 2007 survey, the most recent survey available, for full-time equivalent teachers. It shows the percentage of science teachers who had a specialism in each science specialism1 and the percentages of occurrences for each specialism:
1 In this case, a specialism is any post A-level qualification (including degrees, BEds, PGCEs, Certificates in Education and other post A-level qualifications) in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Other Science.
Percentage of teachers Percentage of specialisms Biology 40 32 Chemistry 27 22 Physics 27 22 Other science 20 16 Non-science subject 10 8 Total 124 100 Note: Base: 35,720 teachers and 44,022 cases of specialism Source: Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey, 2007
Percentage of teachers
Percentage of specialisms
Base: 35,720 teachers and 44,022 cases of specialism
Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey, 2007
Some teachers had a qualification that covered more than one science subject, so the teacher figures sum to more than 100 per cent. Teachers were only double counted if they held qualifications in more than one of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialisms, otherwise they were only included in one category. A teacher with more than one qualification in the same subject was counted only once against that specialism.
The second set of figures shows the percentage of specialisms. Where qualifications covered more than one science subject, equal weight was given to each subject when recalculating to sum to 100 per cent.. The analysis did not take into account how many periods were taught by a teacher, so the specialism of a teacher who taught one period of science was given an equal weight to a teacher who taught 20 periods of science.