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Teachers: Secondary Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Chair, Members' Expenses Committee, Chair, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics there were in UK secondary schools in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

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

The following table provides the number of science (by separate science subject), technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in service in publicly funded secondary schools in England in November of each year from 2011 to 2013: [1], [2]

Subject [3]

2011

2012

2013

Physics

5,900

6,000

6,200

Chemistry

6,900

7,200

7,400

Biology

8,500

8,700

8,800

Combined/General Science

34,700

32,700

32,900

Other Sciences

2,800

2,400

2,400

Technology

14,800

13,800

13,400

Engineering

1,600

1,500

1,500

Mathematics

35,200

32,800

33,300

Source: School Workforce Census

[1] Figures are based on a large sample of over 70% of secondary schools.

[2] Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

[3] Each teacher is counted once under each subject they teach.

Information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a matter for the respective devolved administrations.

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