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Teachers: Pay

Education written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the change was in the average salary of a (a) primary school teacher, (b) primary school head teacher, (c) secondary school teacher and (d) secondary school head teacher in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The following table provides the gross average salary of full-time regular qualified classroom teachers, head teachers and all teachers in service in publicly funded primary and secondary schools in cash terms and real terms in England, from the School Workforce Censuses in November 2010 to November 2012.

It is difficult to use the figures requested to estimate pay increases for teachers. The size of average year on year pay changes will be obscured by the inflow and outflow of teachers. For example, new entrants to the work force (mostly classroom teachers) will generally be paid much less than those people leaving, especially retiring leadership group teachers.

Average salary of full-time regular classroom teachers, heads and all teachers in service in publicly funded primary(1) and secondary schools in cash and real terms(2), November 2010 to November 2012, England
  Cash terms (£) Real terms(2 )(£)
Classroom teachers 32,200 32,200
Heads 58,700 58,700
All teachers 36,200 36,200
Classroom teachers 35,600 35,600
Heads 87,400 87,400
All teachers 38,500 38,500
Classroom teachers 32,500 33,300
Heads 58,300 59,600
All teachers 36,500 37,300
Classroom teachers 36,100 37,000
Heads 87,100 89,100
All teachers 38,900 39,800
Classroom teachers 32,600 34,200
Heads 57,700 60,500
All teachers 36,600 38,400
Classroom teachers 36,200 38,000
Heads 85,600 89,800
All teachers 38,900 40,800
(1) Includes local authority maintained nursery schools. (2) Real terms figures calculated at 2011-12 prices using 27 June 2013 GDP deflators. These are available from the following web HM treasury web link together with further information about the methodology employed: Source: School Workforce Census

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