Teachers: Greater London

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st February 2019.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to recruit and retain teachers and teaching staff in (a) Bexley Borough and (b) London.

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

Teaching remains an attractive profession, with more than 450,000 teachers in schools across the country; 75,300 teachers in London and 2,300 teachers in Bexley Borough.[1], [2]

London

Bexley Borough

England

Teachers

75,300

2,300

451,900

Teaching Assistants

39,900

900

262,800

Other Support Staff

24,600

700

145,300

Auxiliary Staff

11,600

300

87,100

Total Workforce

151,400

4,200

947,100

Based on analysis of the School workforce census, the Department published a methodology for better understanding local teacher supply, the Supply index, which demonstrates that variations in teacher supply issues appear at school level, with no clear geographical trends: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/682023/SFR86_2017_Main_Text.pdf.

Some schools have greater issues with recruitment and retention than others. That is why the Department has announced a £30 million investment in tailored support for these schools, designed to help schools improve existing plans, join national programmes, build local partnerships or fund new initiatives.

The Department has also taken a number of steps to improve this year’s recruitment figures including generous bursaries worth up to £26,000 for priority subjects; boosting marketing and support to applicants; making it easier to take the skills test; and working with providers to ensure every applicant is accepted who is ready to train to teach.

On 28 January 2019, the Department launched a new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teacher-recruitment-and-retention-strategy.

[1] Source: School Workforce Census. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 teachers.

[2] Totals may not appear equal to the sum of the component parts because of rounding.'

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