Teachers: Primary Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students qualified to become primary school teachers in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies for primary school teachers there were that period.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The numbers of primary trainee teachers gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) in academic years, 2000/01 to 2004/05, the latest year for which information is available, are shown in the following table:

Primary teachers gaining qualified teacher status by academic year
Number of teachers
2000/01 10,540
2001/02 10,720
2002/03 11,930
2003/04 12,470
2004/05 12,690
Notes:

1. Includes those trained through SCITTs, but excludes completers through employment based routes.

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Training and Development Agency's Performance Profiles

The numbers of vacancies for nursery and primary school teachers for January in years, 2001 to 2005 are shown in the following table:

Full-time vacancies in local authority maintained schools in England: January of each year
Nursery and primary( 1,2)
2001 2,110
2002 1,800
2003 1,110
2004 780
2005 740
(1) The vacancies are only those available on the date of the survey in January. They are advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments of at least one-term duration and include those being covered on a temporary basis by a teacher with a contract of less than one term.

(2) In January 2006, there were 710 vacancies in nursery and primary schools in England. However, the information on the number of trainee teachers gaining QTS for 2005/06 is yet to be published.

Source:

618g survey

The number of people to be trained to be teachers each year is calculated taking account of the forecast demand for teachers due to pupil numbers, teacher wastage, returnees and retirements and new curriculum pressures. This will inevitably be greater than the number of vacancies at the single point in January when vacancy statistics are counted. Most vacancies will be filled by schools as from the start of the academic year in September and therefore will not be shown as such at the single point in January when vacancy statistics are counted. The January figure is therefore a reflection of posts that are unfilled at that time, not of vacancies that have become available and been filled during the year.

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