The characteristics of and earnings and outcomes for physics teachers
- Document type
- Allen, Rebecca; Sibieta, Luke; Vignoles, Anna
- Institute for Fiscal Studies
- Date of publication
- 23 March 2018
- Briefing Note; BN226
- Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Education and Skills
- Social welfare
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Teaching is not a popular destination for physics teachers. Only around 3% of physics graduates enter teaching in the first few years after graduation. In mathematics, by contrast, more than one in ten graduates become teachers in the years immediately after graduation.
Physics teachers are, on average, as well qualified as other teachers, at least as measured by their prior attainment level on entry into university (UCAS tariff points).
Physics graduates have better outside options in the labour market and generally earn more than graduates with many other degree subjects. However, despite this we find no evidence that schools are paying physics teachers more than teachers in non-shortage subjects.
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