Primary Data Collection

There is an increasing amount of data related to the issue of the impact of gender inequality on teacher retention and educational leadership, the teacher workforce and the gender pay gap:

  • A 2016 Policy Exchange report (p.17 onwards), which states that 23% of teachers in the UK are women aged 30-39.  The same age bracket make up 27% of the teachers who leave the profession every year (excluding those who retired).
  • The 2017 DfE Gender Pay Gap Report identifying 5.3% difference in pay between men and women in the education system.
  • The Office for National Statistics 7781 Quarterly Labour Force Survey, April – June, 2015 (referenced in Appendix 3 of Dr. Emma Kell’s doctorate thesis), which states that 46% of teachers have dependent children under 19; 44% of parent teachers do not work full time; 30% of teachers have children under 4, and 13% of teachers have children under 2.

There is, however, almost no data regarding the experiences of teachers on parental leave, and the impact of maternity and paternity leave on teacher retention, gender equality in educational leadership and the gender pay gap in education.

What we do not know, therefore, is whether the reason that the 27% of women who are leaving the profession has anything to do with becoming a mother or their experiences of maternity leave.  This area is such a data void, that we don’t even know how many teachers are on parental leave at any given moment.  The data that is collected through the Schools Workforce Census collates teachers on parental leave in the same bracket as teachers on long term sick, on sabbatical years, or working 0 FT/PT hours for other reasons.

The MTPT Project is run by a team of four volunteers, three of whom are on maternity leave, and one of whom works full time and has a young son.  Because of this, we are starting small with our data collection, and we would very much appreciate your help.

If you can answer these questions about your school, please complete our purple Google Form below.  Then, please ask colleagues in other schools to do the same.  We need information from as many different schools – schools of all phases, sectors, types of provision – from all over the country in order to make this data valid.

The Ethics and Confidentiality information precedes the survey  – please read it before you share this information with us.