Proportion of qualified teachers in nursery, primary and secondary education


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Source: Department for Education (DfE)

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. School workforce data is calculated based on headcount. This means the figures may differ slightly from other figures available in the public domain which may use figures for the full time equivalent.

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Proportion of qualified teachers in nursery, primary and secondary education

Indicator description

Proportion of qualified teachers in nursery, primary and secondary education in state-funded schools in England

Geographical coverage


Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Available disaggregations

Sex, Geography


The number of qualified teachers in a given level of education is expressed as a percentage of all (qualified and unqualified) teachers in that level of education.

Other information

Data is based on state-funded schools which includes - nursery, primary, secondary, special and centrally employed schools.

The proportion of qualified teachers includes both full and part time teachers. An unqualified teacher is either a trainee working towards qualified teacher status (QTS); an overseas trained teacher who has not exceeded the four years they are allowed to teach without having QTS; or an instructor who has a particular skill who can be employed for so long as a qualified teacher is not available.

More detailed information is available in the source publication.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of teachers with the minimum required qualifications, by education level

Target name

By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organisation - Institute for Statistics (UNESCO-UIS)

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Department for Education (DfE)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


Link to data source School workforce in England opens in a new window
Release date 25 June 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

School Workforce in England - methodology