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of primary school teachers are men; 47% of primary pupils do not have any contact with male teachers



The average number of teacher days off per year. One third is attributed to work-related stress. 71% of teachers have classes with disruptive pupils

Sources: Schools Advisory Service InsurersTeachers' TV


The number of hours children aged 11 to 15 spend watching TV every day, more time than they spend in school

Source:Dr Aric Sigman, British Pyschological Society


The amount saved if public-sector worker days off per year (8.9) were brought into line with the private sector (6.9)


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45% of them can boil an egg; 91% know how to use the internet; 80% use a mobile phone

Source:Nutrition Survey


Th e amount the Mail on Sunday says teachers' pensions are secretly costing the taxpayer every year


Size of the average primary school annual budget


80 %

The proportion of teachers who think parents are the biggest contributor to classroom indiscipline; 46% of NQTs would like to see parents punished

Source:Teachers' TV


The proportion of teachers who take a lunchbreak of 30-60 minutes. In the media, 74% of people eat at their desks; one in five health workers grabs 15 minutes; one in four workers overall thinks taking a full hour looks bad

Source:survey for Rennie


of teachers in Wales took sick leave in 2004 (average 13 days), up from 56% in 1999. In England, the figures are 57%, 54% and 11 days. Scottish teachers take less sick leave than any other local authority staff

Sources:Welsh AssemblyAudit Scotland


of Irish children are bored in school, the highest in a survey of OECD countries. The UK comes tenth on the list (54%); in France, only 32% of pupils gaze out of the window



of single male teachers and 85% of females would be willing to have a staffroom romance; 74% of both sexes say the job has a negative impact on their love lives

Source:Teacher Support Network

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