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Cuts to school budgets, govern- ment criticism of the profession and declining job satisfaction have all been blamed for the loss of more than 10,000 teachers’ jobs in the past year. One teachers’ union this week

expressed fears that the workforce was “disintegrating” in the face of continuing cuts to school budgets. Figures released this week

show that as of November 2011, a total of 438,000 teachers are employed in state-funded schools in England – compared to 448,100 the previous year. The dramatic expansion of

the academies programme means that 56,500 more teachers are now working in academy schools. However, there has been a 57,500 drop in teachers employed by state maintained secondaries. There are also 1,400 less pri-

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mary and nursery teachers and 7,500 less centrally employed local authority teachers working in schools. Headteachers have blamed

the figures on budget cuts which they say have left schools with no choice but to lose staff. Brian Lightman, general secre-

tary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “It’s not surprising to see that the number of teachers has decreased slightly. We predicted two years ago that as budgets were cut, some schools would have to make hard decisions about staffing levels as the only way to make ends meet. “Often this is done when teach-

er retire, by not replacing them like-for-like, but instead increas- ing class sizes slightly, shifting responsibilities among staff and

using teaching assistants and sup- port staff more effectively.” Teachers, meanwhile, have

warned of decreasing job satisfac- tion which they say has led more and more to consider quitting. The NASUWT teaching union

pointed to a recent survey of 16,000 members which found that almost half had considered leaving the profession in the last year. A similar number also said that their job satisfaction has declined. General secretary Chris Keates

said: “The evidence is clear that the schools workforce is disinte- grating. We will continue to make representations to the secretary of

state, but he refuses to acknowl- edge our key message – that as a result of the coalition government’s policies, this is a profession in crisis. “Furthermore, the situation is

dire for the future of the profes- sion following the recent news that there has been a 30 per cent drop in applications for teacher training for this year.” It comes as the total number of

teachers on teacher training courses stands at a five-year low. Figures show that the number of people training to become a teacher – both on university and employment- based routes – stands at 36,470 for

2011/12, which is 2,000 down on 2010/11. Also, recent reports show that

while there are more than 13,700 places allocated for secondary PGCEs – still the main route into teaching – in 2012/13, so far only 6,800 students have been accepted onto courses – 10 per cent less than this time last year. Shadow education minister

Stephen Twigg accused the govern- ment of leading a “triple whammy” against schools. He said: “Fewer people are being attracted into the profession, the government is cut- ting teacher training places and more are leaving. “Michael Gove has lambasted

teachers as the ‘enemies of prom- ise’ and ‘whingers’. If you insult teachers, it is no wonder they quit. Of course we need to raise stand- ards, but we can only do that by taking the profession with you, not insulting them.” The Department for Education

took a positive view on the fig- ures, pointing to a 3,400 rise in the number of secondary teachers in English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects. The figures show that between

November 2010 and 2011 there are 600 more teachers of maths, his- tory and geography, while there are 500 more English teachers.


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Schools minister Nick Gibb

said: “The figures show an encour- aging trend that reflects the fact that schools are offering more of these core academic subjects. In 2011 there were around 3,400 more teachers teaching in these subjects and an increase of 23,000 teaching hours on the previous year.” When it comes to pay, the fig-

ures show that the average wage for full-time classroom teachers is £34,700 across all phases – £100 less than last year. Broken down, the wage aver-

age in state maintained secondaries has remained the same as in 2010 – £36,200. There is still a notable pay gap between female teachers (£35,700 on average) and male teachers (£37,000). In academies, meanwhile, the

average teacher’s wage is £35,700 – £100 down on 2010. Average pay for women in academies has also gone down by £100 to £35,100 while men’s pay has stayed the same at an average of £36,700. For school leaders, the average

wage across all publicly funded schools stands at £55,500, up from £55,170 last year. However, for maintained secondary school leaders, the average is £60,900, £200 higher than in 2010, while in academies the average is £61,500, £600 lower than in 2010.

Nov, 2010 Nov, 2011 Change +/- 22,800


196,300 195,600 15,100

Centrally employed 18,200 Total teachers


194,900 138,100 15,000 10,700


+56,500 -1,400

-57,500 -100

-7,500 -10,100 The figures: Teachers working in pubicly funded schools

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