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Teachers: Employment

Question for Department for Education

UIN 66945, tabled on 7 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average unit cost was to a (a) school and (b) local authority of employing a teacher in 2015-16; and what estimates she has made of such costs in (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18, (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20.

Answered on

13 March 2017

I would refer the honourable member to my response to PQ60334 which I have laid out below:

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:

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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