Citizenship: Secondary Education:Written question - HL7707

Asked on: 09 May 2018
Department for Education
Citizenship: Secondary Education
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers there are in secondary schools in England who are qualified citizenship education teachers.
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 23 May 2018

In November 2016 there were 4,800 teachers in state funded secondary schools teaching citizenship. Of these we estimate that 8.7% had a relevant post A level qualification in the subject. A relevant post A level qualification is defined as a first degree or higher, BEd degree, PGCE, Certificate of Education or any other qualification at National Qualifications Framework level 4 or above in either citizenship, international relations, international, EU or UK politics or polictical theory.

There are also 10.6% of citizenship teachers with post A level qualification in history that prepare teachers well for teaching British citizenship.

The source of this information is the annual school workforce census. The census collects the post A level qualifications of teachers and the curriculum taught by teachers for around 75% of secondary schools. As the return is incomplete and the number of citizenship teachers is fairly small there is some uncertainty around the proportion provided and therefore we estimate there may be a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2%.

Information on post A level qualifications held by teachers, in the subject they teach, is published in Table 12 of the school workforce in England statistical publication. This is attached and available at the following link:

The data for November 2017 is expected to be published in June 2018.

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