The graph below shows the number of full time qualified teachers in state schools in the United Kingdom.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The chart provides information about the number of teachers of both genders in nursery and primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom between 1981/82 and 2007/8.
As regards nursery and primary level, while there were fewer teachers of both genders than secondary teachers overall for most of the period, female teachers constituted the largest number of teachers throughout at around 165,000 in 1981/82 and 175,000 in 2007/8. By contrast, there was a fall in male nursery and primary school teacher numbers from about 45,000 to about 35,000.
The pattern for the secondary level was markedly different with an inverse relationship between the two genders. For example, make teacher numbers declined substantially from about 125,000 at the beginning of the period compared to approximately 135,000 in 2007/8.
Overall, it is clear that while nursery and primary school teacher numbers remained flat throughout the period, numbers at the secondary level declined, but with more teachers overall at this level.