HC Deb 16 January 1989 vol 145 c19W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many people aged 40 years or over have trained since 1980 to become teachers as an alternative to their former profession and are now employed in state schools; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Rumbold

In March 1986 (the latest date for which figures are available) there were about 1,800 teachers full-time in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England who had qualified since 1980 and were aged 40 or over at the time they did so.

Mr. Straw

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what records are kept by his Department, or which are available to his Department, in respect of the names, current addresses, experience and occupations of persons who have qualified as teachers but who are not at present employed as a teacher by any local education authority in England.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

The database of teacher records (DTR) maintained by the Department to administer the teachers' superannuation scheme contains a record of every teacher who has either had reckonable service or completed a course of initial teacher training in England and Wales. However, for teachers not at present in service the DTR would not hold any of the details listed except for their name at the time of last leaving service or completing training.