Teachers: Vacancies

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

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher vacancies there were in (i) Leeds West constituency, (ii) Leeds Metropolitan District and (iii) England in each of the last five years.

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)

Information is available for teacher vacancies for individual local authorities but not by constituency. The following table provides the number of full-time vacancies in Leeds local authority and England for each year from 2003 to 2008 where available. Vacancy numbers and rates for 2008 by local authority, including Leeds, are expected to be published in September.

Full-time vacancies( 1) in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools, January of each year: Coverage—England and Leeds local authority years 2003-08
Leeds LA England
Nursery/ Primary Secondary Nursery/Primary Secondary
2003 9 23 1,114 2,050
2004 5 34 778 1,627
2005 2 20 743 1,553
2006 6 8 709 1,340
2007 0 0 658 1,214
2008(2) (3) (3) 872 1,471
(1) Advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments (or appointments of at least one terms duration). Includes vacancies being filled on a temporary basis by a teacher with a contract of less than one term.

(2) Provisional.

(3) Not available.


Excludes city technology colleges and academies.


Annual survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies, 618g

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