Quiz: 10 Hard Education Questions by @TeacherToolkit

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Here is my education quiz, designed for all my blog readers throughout 2014. The answers are at the foot of this blog.


I have given the reader 3 choices per question. I hope it is hard as the title implies. Tweet this blog if you think you are good enough …

Good luck!

Question 1:

What date did Nicky Morgan MP assume office as Secretary of State for Education?

  1. 10th July 2014
  2. 15th July 2014
  3. 20th July 2014

Question 2:

What is the average (in days) tenure for any education secretary?

  1. 600 days
  2. 700 days
  3. 800 days

Nicky Morgan MP

Question 3:

What year was the provision for the inspections of schools by teams of inspectors created? In other words, in what year was Ofsted formed?

  1. 1992
  2. 1995
  3. 1997

Question 4:

How many responses – to the nearest 1000 – did the DfE’s workload survey receive?

  1. 41,000
  2. 42,000
  3. 43,000

Question 5:

What was the (FTE) full-time equivalent salary for a teacher in England between 2012-13?

  1. £31, 700
  2. £38,100
  3. £44,300

Banknote Money, what is it good for?

Image: The Guardian

Question 6:

The percentage of teachers with qualified teacher status (QTS) remains very high; between 2012 and 2013 there was an increase in the number of teachers without QTS. How many employed teachers in schools do not hold QTS in state-funded schools?

  1. 3.8%
  2. 5%
  3. 6.2%

Question 7:

The information on pupil teacher ratios (PTR) and pupil adult ratios (PAR) combines pupil counts from the January 2014 Pupil Census. The Pupil Teacher Ratio shows little change at England level between 2012 and 2013, but what is the average for overall pupil teacher ratio (which includes qualified teachers and teachers without qualified teacher status) in classrooms across England?

  1. 17.2 average
  2. 5.3 average
  3. 31.8 average

Question 8:

According to the 5th PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey and findings from 2012, which country performed best in reading performance tests?

  1. England
  2. Scotland
  3. Wales
  4. Northern Ireland

PISA tests Reading Performance

Image: DW

Question 9:

According to Varkey GEMS Foundation, Teacher Status Index, October 2013, what percentage of the 1,000 people asked in England, said teachers should be rewarded in pay according to their pupils’ results?

  1. 7%
  2. 16%
  3. 28%

Question 10:

Including Headteachers, leadership, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, how many people worked in state-funded schools in England between 2012-13?

  1. 950,000
  2. 1.3 million
  3. 1.9 million

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The vast majority of this information was taken for the Schools Workforce in England, November 2013.

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