The Department of Education today published two statistical bulletins: Teacher workforce statistics in grant-aided schools in NI, 2014/15 and Teacher vacancies, sickness absence and substitution statistics in grant-aided schools in NI, 2014/15.
These statistical bulletins provide analysis of the latest annual data collections in relation to teacher numbers, pupil: teacher ratios, teacher vacancies, teacher sickness absence and teacher substitution costs in grant-aided schools in 2014/15.
- The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers is 18,601.9. This represents an increase of 208.1 from 18393.8 in 2013/14.
- The teacher headcount is 19,803, an increase of 252 teachers from 2013/14. The proportion of teachers working part-time continues to increase.
- The proportion of teachers working in all schools who are male has been declining over the last five years.
- The median age of teachers is 41.2 years, an increase from 41.0 years in 2013/14. There are proportionally fewer teachers aged under 30 this year (11.7%) than in 2012/13 (12.3%).
- The overall Pupil: Teacher Ratio (PTR) in 2014/15 is 17.5, a decrease of 0.1 from 2013/14.
- There were fewer vacancies in November 2014, than in the previous year, with 878 teacher vacancies at the end of the academic year 2013/14, 652 (74.3%) of which had been filled by November 2014.
- The average number of days lost per teacher due to sickness in all schools was 8.4. This is an increase from 8.2 in 2013/14.
- Teacher substitution costs rose again from £65 million in 2013/14 to £67 million in 2014/15.
- The number of substitution days worked by Prematurely Retired Teachers has fallen to approximately 14,000 days in 2014/15. This represents 3.0% of the total days worked, compared to 12.8% in 2005/06.
The reports can be accessed on the DE website.
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