HC Deb 11 March 1982 vol 19 c481W
Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list in the Official Report the total number of teachers in maintained secondary schools in England and Wales whose main subject or highest qualification was in the following subjects (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) history, (d) geography, (e) chemistry, (f) physics, (g) domestic science, (h) physical education, (i) music, (j) religious education, (k) engineering, (l) economics and (m) social sciences.

Dr. Boyson

The latest information, as follows, is for 1977 when my Department carried out a sample survey of maintained secondary schools in England and Wales.

Main subject of highest qualification Full.time teachers (000s)
Mathematics 21.2
English 26.2
History 18.6
Geography 16.3
Chemistry 8.9
Physics 7.3
Home economics 12.8
Physical education 19.3
Music 7.9
Religious education 5.8
Engineering 3.1
Economics 2.9
Social Studies 12.0

Teachers in middle schools deemed secondary who taught only primary age groups were excluded from the survey. The figures quoted have been grossed up from a sample and are subject to margins of error.