The Department of Education has published two publications today, Teacher workforce statistics in grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland, 2016/17 and Teacher vacancies, sickness absence and substitution statistics in grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland, 2016/17.
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 2016/17.
- The number of full-time equivalent teachers is 18,487.1. This represents a decrease of 83.8 from 18,570.9 in 2015/16.
- The median age of teachers is 41.5 years, an increase from 41.4 years in 2015/16. There are proportionally fewer teachers aged under 30 this year (9.7%) than in 2012/13 (12.3%).
- The teacher headcount is 19,776 this is a decrease of 59 teachers from 2015/16. The proportion of teachers working part-time continues to rise.
- The proportion of teachers working in all schools who are male has been declining over the last five years. Most notable is the absence of male teachers in nursery schools.
- The overall Pupil: Teacher Ratio (PTR) in 2016/17 is 17.8, an increase of 0.2 from 2015/16.
- There were more vacancies in November 2016, than in the previous year, with 1,381 teacher vacancies at the end of the academic year 2015/16, 988 (77.5%) of which had been filled by November 2016.
- The average number of days lost per teacher due to sickness in all schools was 9.5. This represents an increase of 1.3 days from the previous year.
- Teacher substitution costs increased from £67.3 million to £73.6 million.
- The number of substitution days worked by Prematurely Retired Teachers has fallen to 8,557 days in 2016/17. This represents 1.7% of the total days worked, compared to 14.4% in 2008/09.
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