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Headteacher Sickness Absence

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Dear Department for Education,

I would like to request the following information, where information is present.

1) The number of Headteachers across the UK that were signed off due to illness between 1 January 1st 2010 and 30th December 2016.

2) The number of sick days taken by Headteachers across the UK between 1 January 1st 2010 and 30th December 2016. (Or failing that, any data you have regarding Headteacher absence)

3) The average salary (where you have the data) of Headteachers in the UK.

4) The number of Headteachers across the UK who were off with sickness leave for more than 14 days.

5) The number of schools who had to hire an interim Headteacher to cover a Headteacher on sickness leave

6) The total amount of money paid to Headteachers across the UK in sickness pay.

Yours faithfully,

David Gradon

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr Gradon

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2017-0054702.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Dear Department for Education,

I expected a response by today for my FOI request and as yet I haven't received one - will this be sent to me shortly?

Yours faithfully,

David Gradon

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear David,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 16
November 2017.

 

You requested:

 

1) The number of Headteachers across the UK that were signed off due to
illness between 1 January 1st 2010 and 30th December 2016.

 

2) The number of sick days taken by Headteachers across the UK between 1
January 1st 2010 and 30th December 2016. (Or failing that, any data you
have regarding Headteacher absence)

 

3) The average salary (where you have the data) of Headteachers in the UK.

 

4) The number of Headteachers across the UK who were off with sickness
leave for more than 14 days.

 

5) The number of schools who had to hire an interim Headteacher to cover a
Headteacher on sickness leave

 

6) The total amount of money paid to Headteachers across the UK in
sickness pay.

 

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

 

Information on teacher absence is collected via the school workforce
census. The census collects the data for absence for the full school year
prior to the census in each November. For example, the November 2016
school workforce census collected data for teacher absence in the 2015/16
school year. Due to the nature of the collection there are some schools
for which absence data is not received, these are:

 

·       Schools which closed between the end of the school year and the
following November’s data collection

·       Schools which opened in the school year before and up to the
census date

·       Schools which converted to academies in the school year before and
up to the census date

 

In addition there are a small number of schools who do not make a return
of absence data for administrative reasons. The data received is then
scaled and weighted to provide the national level data as published in the
statistical first release, School Workforce in England.

 

The data supplied to you here, on head teacher absence, is based in raw
data as supplied by schools. No weighting for missing schools has been
applied.

 

A table is attached showing the number of head teachers reported as having
sickness absence in each year since the 2009/10 school year. The table
includes information on:

 

·       The percentage of all schools which submit absence data

·       The number and percentage of head teachers who have sickness
absence

·       The average number of days sick per head teacher

·       The number of periods of sickness absence taken by head teachers

·       The total number of days sickness taken by head teachers

·       The number of head teachers taking more than 14 days sickness
absence

 

 

Information on the average salary of headteachers is shown in Table 9d of
the publication, School Workforce in England: November 2016 which is
available [1]here.

 

Information on the number of schools who had to hire an interim
headteacher to cover a headteacher on sickness leave, or the total amount
of money paid to headteachers’ across the UK in sickness pay, is not held
by the department.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright.
You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study
and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an
exception in current copyright law. Documents (except photographs) can be
also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of news
reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would
require the permission of the copyright holder.

 

Most documents produced by a government department or agency will be
protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be
re-used under the Open Government Licence
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information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information
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Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information
about obtaining permission from a third party see the Intellectual
Property Office’s website at [4]www.ipo.gov.uk.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Julie Glenndenning

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