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Teachers: Conditions of Employment

Question for Department for Education

UIN 128670, tabled on 20 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) pay, (b) pensions and (c) contractual terms and conditions of teachers employed (i) directly by schools and (ii) by supply agencies in the last five years.

Answered on

28 February 2018

The Department recently published an assessment of trends in the level of teachers’ pay in our evidence to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-to-the-strb-2018-pay-award-for-school-staff.

Statutory terms and conditions for teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales are set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). Non-maintained schools are responsible for determining staff pay and conditions themselves.

If a supply teacher is employed by a private agency, this is a private commercial arrangement between the school and the agency.

The Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) undertakes a comprehensive analysis every four years as part of the scheme valuation. The latest valuation is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324305/TPS_2012_valuation_report_FINAL_9_June_2014.pdf.

A further report will be published later this year. As teachers employed through supply agencies are not eligible to participate in the TPS, there is no data available.