Teachers: Age

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) what the average age of a teacher was (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available;

(2) what the average length of time was that a teacher had spent in the profession (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The following table provides the average age and length of service of full-time regular qualified teachers in service in local authority maintained schools in England in March 1997 and 2006, the latest information available.

Average age and length of service( 1) , in years, of full-time regular qualified teachers: Coverage local authority maintained sector schools in England—March 1997 and 2006
Age Length of service
1997 41.0 14.3
2006(2) 40.9 13.5
(1) Length of service is the total length of teachers service recorded in the source data and may include service completed outside of the English maintained sector.

(2) Provisional.


Database of Teacher Records.

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