RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

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					______________________________________________________________ Dr Anne Wright CBE Chair School Teachers’ Review Body Office of Manpower Economics 6th Floor Kingsgate House 66-74 Victoria Street LONDON SW1E 6SW 13 May 2009

Dear Anne SUPPLEMENTARY EVIDENCE FROM THE REWARDS AND INCENTIVES GROUP The Rewards and Incentives Group (RIG) is pleased to submit this jointly agreed evidence to the STRB. This supplementary evidence is for consideration in conjunction with our submission of 12 February. Yours sincerely

Dr John Dunford ASCL General Secretary

Dr Mary Bousted ATL General Secretary

Ed Balls DCSF Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Mick Brookes NAHT General Secretary Secretary

Chris Keates NASUWT General Secretary

Sarah Messenger NEOST Employers’ Secretary

Philip Parkin VOICE General

OVERVIEW 1.1 This supplementary submission represents the updated position on the Rewards and Incentives Group (RIG) evidence to the STRB following publication of provisional results of the January 2009 Workforce Survey (618G) in a Statistical First Release1 on 7 May (England only). There is no corresponding updated data for Wales at this time. 1.2 The following data is supplementary to, and should be read in conjunction with, our previous evidence submitted in February 2009, replacing paragraphs 2.27 to 2.32.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION Leadership Group Posts and Vacancies 2.1. In January 2009 in England, there were a total of 21,800 full-time heads in the maintained sector; this is a fall of around 2,600 from 24,300 in 1997. The table below shows the split by phase.
Number of full-time heads, by phase No. of fullPhase time heads Nursery/Primary 17000 Secondary 3300 Special/PRUs 1400 Total 21800
Source: 618g Survey, January 2009 Coverage: England Totals may not equal the sum due to rounding

2.2. The number of maintained schools in England (includes nursery, primary, secondary, all special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)), has been decreasing year on year from 24,100 in 1997 to 22,200 in 2009 largely attributable to demographic changes in the pupil population, but also for other reasons such as the rationalisation of infant and junior schools into single units and the growth of academies2. 2.3. According to the January 2009 618G survey, head teacher vacancy3 rates in England have generally been low and fairly stable from 1997 to 2009, all at less than 1.0%. Full-time vacancy rates for head teachers in the maintained sector in England in 2009 were 0.7%, an increase from 2007 and
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http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000844/index.shtml The January 2009 figures from the 618G survey do not include Academies because these are not LA maintained schools. 3 A head teacher vacancy refers to a full-time permanent appointment (or an appointment of at least one term’s duration) on the survey date (January of the year in question) that was advertised but not filled. Vacancies include those filled on a temporary basis unless filled by someone with a fixed term contract of one term or more.

2008 but lower than 2006. This 2009 rate represents 140 vacancies. The vacancy rate for secondary heads has increased from 0.6 in 2008 to 0.9 in 2009, and for special school heads from 0.7 in 2008 to 1.1 in 2009; this represents small increases in the number of vacant headship roles in both school types.

Vacancies as a percentage of head teachers in post, by phase Nursery/ All phases Year Primary Secondary Special (inc special) 1997 2009 0.6% 0.6% 0.8% 0.7% 1.2% 1.1% 0.7% 0.7%

Source:618g survey, January 2009 Coverage: England

2.4. In January 2009, 570 head teacher posts in the maintained sector in England were temporarily filled (2.7% of posts). This included 470 in nursery/primary schools, 70 in secondary schools, and 30 in special schools. Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies 2.5. In England, provisional results of the January 20094 official survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies show that there were 431,400 fulltime equivalent regular teachers in local authority maintained schools 5. That is 3,4006 fewer than January 2008 but 21,300 more than in 2001. Total teacher vacancies in England decreased by 2807 to 2,240 in January 2009, a vacancy rate of 0.6%; this after an increase to 0.7% in 2008 which had followed six years of declining vacancy numbers from a peak of 4,980 (1.4%) in January 2001.
Teacher vacancies in maintained schools in England, by phase as at January 2009 England Phase Number Rate (%) Nursery/Primary Secondary Special Total
Coverage: England Totals may not equal the sum due to rounding

760 1310 160 2,240

0.5 0.7 1.4 0.6

Source: 618g Survey, January 2009

2.6.
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Teacher vacancies in London stood at 500, or 0.9%, in January 2009,

Taken from the DCSF School Workforce SFR, Table 1: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000844/index.shtml 5 This figure does not include teachers in Academies and CTCs. The simultaneous rise in teachers in Academies and CTCs of 3,600 between 2008 and 2009 suggests that this drop is largely made up of maintained secondary schools converting to Academies. 6 Total does not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because of rounding 7 Total does not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because of rounding

which is a decrease on the 2008 rate. The London vacancy rate has consistently been higher than that of the rest of England; however, this gap has narrowed in more recent years.