teachers with degrees and that more lessons are taught by teachers
with degrees in their subjects than in 1996. However, the problems in
maths recruitment since the 1990's have not been fully overcome.
The latest 2003 Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey -
the last was in 1996 - shows:
- 12% increase in the overall percentage of full time teachers with a
- 8% increase in the overall percentage of subject periods taught by
full time teachers with a degree in these subjects
- 4% increase in the overall percentage of full time teachers
teaching subjects with a degree in these subjects
- No change in the overall percentage of full time teachers teaching
subjects without a post A level qualification in these subjects
- No change in the overall percentage of subject periods taught by
full time teachers without a post A level qualification in these
- The number of teachers teaching maths without a post A-level in
that subject has risen by 2%
Secretary of state for education Charles Clarke said:
'These results are promising especially considering there are 25,000
more teachers in the classroom since 1997, almost 18,000 of whom are
in secondary schools.
'Ofsted says we have the best generation of teachers ever and the
best generation of Newly Qualified Teachers ever. Our pupils can
expect top quality teaching in the classroom with further improvement
on the way. Change takes time to filter through and I am confident we
are on the right track.
'On maths recruitment, between 1992 and 1998 graduate recruits to
maths teaching courses fell by 34%, but from 1998 to September 2002
graduate recruits to maths rose by 50%. Maths recruitment is a
priority for me and it takes time to turn round but we are getting
'Vacancy rates for maths teachers have fallen by 22% in the past two
years and the latest acceptances to maths PGCE courses are up by 35%
on this time last year.
'A proportion of maths teachers are listed in the Survey as having
'No Qualification' in maths but this doesn't mean they are
unqualified. Most of these teachers are likely to be qualified and
graduates in subjects such as physics and ICT. They may only teach
one or two periods of maths a week.
'But we are not complacent. I am also looking forward to Professor
Adrian Smith's Independent Post 14 Mathematics Inquiry which is due
to be published next month. We are already seeing significant
improvements in recruitment to maths teaching and I am keen to use
Professor Smith's Inquiry to raise standards in maths further.'
General Teacher Numbers:
In January 2003, there were 423,600 full-time equivalent regular
teachers in the maintained schools sector in England, the most for 21
years. This is a rise of 4,000 since January 2002, 13,400 since
January 2001 and an increase of around 25,000 since 1997. That means
the Government's manifesto commitment to recruit 10,000 more teachers
by 2006 has been met - three years early.
There are more Full-time equivalent teachers with QTS than at any
other time since 1984.
Ofsted says we have the best generation of teachers ever, and the
best Newly Qualified Teachers ever.
Continued Recruitment of High Quality Teacher Trainees:
Recruitment to teacher training fell for 8 years in a row from
1992/93, but has now risen for three successive years. And for
2003/04, 14% more graduates have accepted training places than even
last year. In maths, the increase is 35%.
Ofsted says we have the best generation of Newly Qualified Teachers
ever Better Pay for Teachers:
The Government has ended times when teachers were underpaid and
undervalued and the pay of most teachers now provides a good standard
of living around the country. Salaries have risen substantially since
1997 - p ay has increased in real terms by 13%.