40,000 on fixed-term contracts

17th January 1997 at 00:00
More than 40,000 teachers in local authority primary and secondary schools are employed on fixed-term or temporary contracts.

Almost two-thirds of them work in primary schools, the most common age group is the under-25s and the overwhelming majority of them, 84.6 per cent, are women.

Less than a quarter of the recruits who applied for fixed term or temporary contracts in 1995 were men.

More than half of all fixed-term contract teachers are part-time. They are likely to be without responsibility points, and to be graduates, English teachers and in their first appointment.

In 1995, for the first time, full-time recruitment to fixed-term or temporary contracts fell from 69.3 per cent in 1994 to 60.4 per cent in 1995.

Turnover, meanwhile, dropped only slightly - just 0.5 per cent from 35. 8 per cent in 1994 to 35.3 per cent in 1995.

Eight out of 10 people who left temporary or fixed-term posts had been in the job for less than a year. Half of all those who resigned moved on to another education job within the LEA sector.

Leavers from secondary schools were most likely to have been English teachers.

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