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Teachers: Citizenship

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL500, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers self-identified as citizenship education teachers in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, (5) 2020, and (6) 2021.

Answered on

10 June 2021

The number of teachers in state funded secondary schools in England, who are recorded as teaching one or more lessons of citizenship per week, are shown in the table below. The latest information gives the situation in November 2019. Information for November 2020 will be published in June 2021. Information for 2021 will be collected via the School Workforce Census later this year.

As at November 2019

2016

2017

2018

2019

Headcount of teachers teaching citizenship

4,826

4,451

4,241

4,257

As a % of all teachers in state funded secondary schools

2.2%

2.0%

1.9%

1.9%

The majority of teachers of citizenship also teach other subjects.

The number of trainees who successfully completed training in citizenship education from the 2015/16 to the 2018/19 academic year inclusive is summarised in the table below:

Academic Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Postgraduate trainees awarded qualified teacher status

78

45

37

31

The data on numbers of postgraduate trainees awarded qualified teacher status, for the academic years 2019/20 and 2020/21 is not yet available. Due to a change in the recording of subjects in the Initial Teacher Training data, we will not be able to specifically identify Citizenship trainees for the academic year 2019/2020 onwards.