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News - 10 April 2014

School staff numbers at record levels

The new school census figures published by the Department for Education show that the number of teachers and support staff working in England's state schools has risen to a record level of 1.3 million people, with about 220,000 more full-time-equivalent teaching and assistant posts in schools compared with 2005.

The profile of teachers shows a very large majority are female and white. It means that more than one in 12 women in England's workforce has a job in a school. About three in four teachers are female - and an even higher proportion of assistants.
It means there are more than a million women working in schools in England - out of a total of 11.7 million women currently in employment.

A high proportion of teachers are white - about 93% - with only 1% of teachers classified as black Caribbean.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The number of teachers rose by about 9,000 compared with 2012, driven by a surge in the birthrate and rising primary school rolls. There are now 451,100 full-time-equivalent teachers and 471,000 assistants and support staff. Teacher to pupil ratios are not yet available.”

But the overall staff numbers, including teaching assistants, have climbed continuously in the years since 2005 - up from about 700,000 full-time-equivalent posts to 922,000 in 2013.

A proportion of these are part-time jobs, with the total number of people working in schools, including teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, now reaching 1.3 million.

The figures show that teaching is now an almost entirely graduate profession, with 96% holding degrees. However, the subject relevance to what they are teaching do not always match.

Labour's shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has warned the figures show a 16% increase in teachers working in schools without teaching qualifications, increasing by the equivalent of 2,300 full-time posts to 17,100.

The workforce census says that 3.8% of teachers in state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, do not have qualified teacher status, up from 3.3% in 2012.
Within free schools, the figures show 13% of full-time equivalent posts are held by teachers without qualified teacher status.

The average salary for a full-time qualified teacher is £38,100 - slightly higher in secondary than primary, slightly higher in local authority schools than in academies. For senior staff, such as heads, deputies and assistant heads, secondary academies pay an average of £62,300 - slightly higher than in local authority schools.

A Department for Education spokesman welcomed the rising proportion of graduates in teaching: "Overall the quality of the teaching workforce is rising. A record 96% of all teachers now have degrees or above, meaning there are an extra 43,000 teachers with degree level qualifications in classrooms since 2010."

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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