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The Landscape of Teaching in the UK

05 Jan 15:00 by Toby Dean

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Teaching is a varied profession – like any job it has its ups and downs. Here at A Star Teachers, we have gathered some fascinating data on the current state of the UK teaching landscape. As a teacher recruitment agency, our work has uncovered some useful insights.

For example, did you know that 9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers are employed within 6 months of completing training? That in 2015, primary and secondary schools have invested £821m on supply staff? And that schools have less than 30% male teachers.

 

Female staff

Male staff

73.8%

26.2%

 

You can check out all of our findings below in our infographic.


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  • The UK has a total of 8,559,540 pupils, with the majority of them being from state schools.

# pupils in state schools

# pupils in independent schools

93%

7%

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The Dark Side

  • The pupil to teacher ratio is still experiencing a steady decline, with the highest ratio being in primary schools.

Academic year

Pupils per teacher

All Schools

Nursery Schools

Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

2010/11

16.3

17.2

20.4

15.3

2011/12

16.2

17.7

20.5

15.3

2012/13

16.2

17.5

20.5

15.2

2013/14

16.3

18.0

20.5

15.8

2014/15

16.4

19.2

20.7

15.4

20165/16

16.5

20.2

20.8

15.7

 

  • The number of new entrants to the postgraduate Initial Teacher Training courses in 2016-17 has decreased by 532 compared to the previous academic year.

Academic year

# New entrants

2015-2016

27,761

2016-2017

27,229

 

  • In the first and second quarters of 2016, schools have experienced a loss of 9.5% of full-time staff and 14% of part-time staff.
     
  • Schools have less than 30% male teachers.

Female staff

Male staff

73.8%

26.2%

 

  • Since May 2010 to July 2015, teacher morale has been found to be heavily declined.

Improved

9%

Declined

67%

Stayed the same

24%

 

  • Workload is the most cited reason for any plans of leaving the profession.

Volume of workload

61%

Seeking better work life balance

57%

Unreasonable demands from managers

44%

Retiring from profession

34%

Rapid pace of organisational change

33%

Mental health concerns

23%

Student behaviour

22%

Physical health concerns

15%

Seeking higher pay

11%

Other

11%

 

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The Bright Side

  • Secondary schools saw a 2.8% increase in the number of applicants from 2015 to 2016.

Academic year

No. of applicants

2011/12

512,193

2012/13

503,734

2013/14

499,968

2014/15

521,274

2015/16

533,314

2016/17

548,006

 

  • At 0.8%, primary schools saw a slight increase in the number of applicants from 2015 to 2016.

Academic year

No. of applicants

2014/15

623,526

2015/16

636,279

2016/17

641,572

 

  • In 2016, 84.1% of secondary school applicants and 88.4% of primary school applicants received an offer from their 1st school of preference.

 

1st pref

1 of top 3 prefs

Any pref

Secondary

84.1%

95.0%

96.5%

Primary

88.4%

96.3%

96.9%

 

 

  • 9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers get employment within 6 months of completing training.
  • 70% of teachers are still in the profession after 5 years of their service.
  • In 2015, primary and secondary schools have invested £821m on supply staff.
  • The average payscale is around £30,000 although the salary varies with the designation and location.

 

England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)

Inner London

Outer London

London fringe

Headteachers

Max

£108,283

£115,582

£111,346

£109,354

Min

£44,102

£51,476

£47,195

£45,181

Leading practitioners

Max

£59,264

£66,638

£62,361

£60,341

Min

£38,984

£46,350

£42,077

£40,057

Upper pay ranges

Max

£38,250

£46,829

£42,077

£39,331

Min

£35,571

£43,184

£39,127

£36,650

Main pay ranges

Max

£33,160

£38,241

£36,906

£34,249

Min

£22,467

£28,098

£26,139

£23,547

Unqualified teachers

Max

£26,034

£30,270

£29,130

£27,112

Min

£16,461

£20,701

£19,553

£17,542