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Schools: Staff

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost was to a (a) school and (b) local authority of employing a (i) teacher and (ii) classroom assistant in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what estimate she has made of such costs in (A) 2016-17, (B) 2017-18, (C) 2018-19 and (D) 2019-20.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Statistics on the average salaries of teachers employed by schools and local authorities in England are published in Tables 9a to 9d of the ‘School Workforce in England: November 2015’ statistical release which is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2015

The figures show that the average salary for all full and part-time teachers is £37,800.

The latest data, for November 2015, shows the average salary for a full-time teaching assistant is £19,200.

The Department’s pay reforms have given schools greater flexibility to decide how much to pay their teachers and how quickly their pay progresses over time.

Future salaries of teachers will be informed by the annual recommendations of the School Teachers Pay Review Body. The pay of teaching assistants and school support staff are set by schools themselves. The Department does not produce forecasts of future average pay for these staff.

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