Teachers: Older Workers

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the numbers of teachers aged over 60 taking up new posts within schools in each of the last five years.

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

Information on the number of teachers taking up new posts is not available. The following table provides the number and percentage of full-time equivalent teachers aged 60 and over in each year between 2011 and 2015.

FTE Teachers aged 60 and over (thousands)

Percentage of all FTE Teachers aged 60 and over

2011

10.8

2.5

2012

11.0

2.5

2013

11.5

2.6

2014

10.9

2.4

2015

10.5

2.3

Source: School Workforce Census

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