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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the resignation rate of teachers was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by region; and what percentage of each region's teacher workforce each represents. 
The latest information on teacher turnover and wastage is provided in the following table. Additional information on wastage rates are contained in the "School Workforce in England" volume 2003 edition, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library. It is also available at the following URL:
| Full-time|| Part-timel||Full-time and part-time(48)|
|Turnover rate(49)||Wastage rate(50)||Turnover rate(51)||Wastage rate(52)||Wastage rate(53)|
|Government Office region 2001/200 2(54)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||16.7||8.9||27.6||23.0||7.6|
|East of England||23.0||11.0||36.9||27.0||9.6|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the retention rate in percentage terms was for registered trainee teachers after (a) one year of teaching, (b) two years of teaching and (c) five years of teaching in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The following table gives the percentage of newly qualified teachers who entered full time and part-time regular service in 200102, 199900 and 199798 who remained in regular service in maintained sector schools at March 2003. This is the latest year for which figures are available.
|Year of entry||Percentage in service March 2003|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the total number of teacher vacancies of longer than three months duration in (a) the primary sector, (b) the secondary sector and (c) further education. 
General vacancy information for primary and secondary sectors is available from SFR 34/2004, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library. It is also available at the following URL: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsaateway/DB/SFR/s000493/index.shtml
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school teachers left the profession before completing five years of teaching (a) in total and (b) broken down by subject,
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in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each local education authority in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 14 December 2004]: The following tables give the number of full-time and part-time newly qualified teachers who first entered regular service in maintained secondary schools in the financial year 199697, who were not in such service at March 2002 broken down by subject of initial teacher training and government office region of first entry. This is the latest year available by government office region.
|Maths||English||Science||Modem Foreign Languages||Technology||History|
|Year of entry 199697|
|Yorkshire and the Number||30||40||40||30||30||10|
|East of England||30||80||70||70||40||20|
|Year of entry 199798|
|Geography||Art||Music||Religious Education||Physical Education||Other/unknown||Total|
|Year of entry 199697|
|Yorkshire and the Number||10||10||10||10||20||10||200|
|East of England||20||20||20||30||30||40||370|
|Year of entry 199798|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to move pension provisions for teachers employed by local authorities into line with those employed by the local education authority. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) covers all teachers employed by, or in, schools maintained by a local education authority as well as any teachers employed directly by a local authority. The Teachers' Pension Scheme is a group scheme and all scheme members have access to the same range of benefits.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the mean age at which teachers retired was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 1994; and what estimate he has made of the likely mean age at which teachers will retire in 2014. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: The average age of retirement of teachers in the Teachers' Pension Scheme, whose last service was in the maintained sector in England in 200304, excluding those retiring on ill health grounds, was 59. This is the latest year for which figures are available. In 199394 the average age was 58. No estimate has been made of the likely mean age at which teachers will retire in 2014.
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