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Supply Teachers

Question for Department for Education

UIN 216931, tabled on 2 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent on supply teachers in England in the academic years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

Answered on

5 December 2014

The available data for local authority maintained schools is shown in Table 1. Data for the 2013-14 financial year will be published on 11 December and will be available at:

Table 1

School expenditure on supply teachers (1) in Local Authority maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools

Coverage: England

Years: 2009-10 to 2012-13

Financial years

School expenditure on supply teachers £000s









Source: Section 251 Outturn (9-10, 10-11 and 11-12), Consistent

Financial Reporting survey (12-13)

(1) Includes supply teaching staff, agency supply teaching staff and supply teacher insurance.

The available data for academies is shown in Table 2. The department does not hold data on academies’ income and expenditure before the 2010/11 academic year. Data for the 2013/14 academic year for academies will be available in the summer of 2015.

Table 2

School expenditure on supply teachers (1)(2) in academies(3)(4)

Coverage: England

Years: 2010/11 to 2012/13

Academic years

School expenditure on supply teachers £000s







Source: Academies Accounts Returns

(1) 2010/11 data includes salaries and wages for supply staff only.

(2) 2011/12 and 2012/13 data includes salaries and wages for supply teaching staff employed directly by the school, premiums paid to insurers for supply teacher cover and includes costs paid to an agency for teaching staff that have been brought in to cover teacher absence. Includes cover of any period and for all reasons including illness, absence for training, and any leave.

(3) Figures include only those academies that were open for the whole of the respective reporting year.

(4) Academies report finance data on an academic year basis, running September to August.

The information is provided in separate tables for academies and local authority maintained schools since there are some important differences between the two data collections. In particular, data for local authority maintained school funding covers financial years, whereas academy school funding data covers academic years.

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