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Do you think you know everything that has happened in education this academic year?

Here are 10 of the toughest questions in education, dating from September 2015 to July 2016. I have given the reader 3 choices per question. Tweet this blog if you think you are good enough …

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Question 1:

How many (full-time equivalent) teachers are working in state funded schools in England?

  1. 356,000
  2. 456,000
  3. 556,000

Question 2:

How many teachers entered the profession between 2011 and 2015?

  1. 45,800
  2. 65,800
  3. 85,800

Question 3:

How many teachers have left the profession between 2011 and 2015?

  1. 35,050
  2. 42,050
  3. 48,050

Question 4:

How many people are working in state funded schools? This includes support staff.

  1. 1 million
  2. 1.4 million
  3. 1.8 million

Question 5:

What is the average (FTE) full-time equivalent salary, for a teacher working in state-funded schools in England, between 2014-2015?

  1. £31, 800
  2. £37,800
  3. £45,800

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Question 6:

The percentage of teachers with qualified teacher status (QTS) remains very high; between 2014 and 2015 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. 4.9%
  2. 5.5%
  3. 8.2%

Question 7:

Which UK teacher was shortlisted for a Global Teacher Prize in 2016?

  1. Tom Bennett
  2. Colin Hegarty
  3. Stephen Lockyer

Question 8:

How many schools did Nicky Morgan visit during her first year in office? (July 2014 – September 2015)

  1. 50
  2. 66
  3. 124

Question 9:

What were the occupations of Amanda Spielman (OfSTED) and Justine Greening (Secretary of State) before they were appointed?

  1. Banker and Accountant
  2. Teacher and Banker
  3. Accountant and Accountant.

Question 10:

When Michael Wilshaw ends his position as HMCI and hands over to Amanda Spielman, how long would he have been in post?

  1. 3 years, 11 months, 25 days
  2. 4 years, 2 months, 12 days
  3. 4 years, 11 months, 25 days

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n.b. The vast majority of this information was sourced from the Schools Workforce in England, June 2016. Statistics for Nicky Morgan’s visits to schools can be found in this Freedom of Information request.


13 thoughts on “Quiz: Question Time

  1. I got 7/10 – but a couple were lucky guesses! I was surprised by the salary question because I earn way below that as I’ve only been teaching 2 years. I guess it shows why more experienced teachers can find it hard to compete with newer teachers – we’re so much cheaper!

      1. Scary to admit – but I really don’t understand how the PRP system actually works or how it will impact my pay!

      2. You need to read your school’s policy. Most schools have adopted the same system e.g. you progress up the same scale, but it is not an automatic right anymore.

  2. 10/10 (geek) but I have been working with teacher retention stats for the past couple of months so would have been embarrassing to get that wrong! Karen

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