Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 101 - Changes in annual spending by a particular UK school

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spending by a particular UK school in 1981, 1991 and 2001.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» You should write at least 150 words.


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Sample Answer 1:
The supplied pie charts depict the shifts in annual expenditure by a certain UK school in three different times, 981, 1991, and 2001.

In general, teachers’ salaries were the highest proportion of annual spending percentage. In contrast, insurance was consistent as the lowest percentage of annual school spending over the times observed.

Looking at the details, in 1981 teacher’s salaries accounted nearly a half, 40% of total school costs and increased significantly in 1991 which accounted exactly a half, 50% and remained the highest spending in 2001 as well, 45%. Meanwhile, other worker’s salaries, references, and furniture and tool fluctuated and amassed big percentage of school disbursement all together, it was about 40% in average.

On the other hand, insurance was the lowest percentage of total school spending over all observed years. It was only 2% of total spending in 1981 and remained the tiniest fraction subsequently in 1991 and 2001, 3% and 8% respectively.

[ Written by - Linda ]


Sample Answer 2:
The given pie charts illustrate a UK school's annual spending and shows the changes over two decades.  

As is seen in the provided pie charts, the school spent an increasing percentage of money on teachers' salaries, with maximum of 50% being spent in 1991, after which it was reduced by 5% in 2001. Also, this remained the area, where the highest percentage of money was spent, in the given three years. Expenditure on other workers' salaries decreased significantly over the years with 28%, 22% and 15% in 1981, 1991 and 2001 respectively.  

Again, percentage spent on resources like books also decreased after a slight increase of 5% in 1991. Investment on furniture and equipment saw a substantial decline from 15% to 5% in the first 10 years, before increasing again up to 23% in 2001. Finally, the least percentage of annual spending was on insurance over the two decades, with a small hike from 2% in 1981 to 8% in 2001.

[ Written by - Priyanka Anchaliya ]


Sample Answer 3:
A glance at the three given graphs reveals some differences among the expenditures per year of a British school in a period of three years: 1981, 1991, 2001.

Overall, it can be seen that there are many trends that are obviously illustrated in those charts: upward, downward and both upward and downward. The changes of those features can be divided into two main groups on account of their trends: single trend and couple trends group.

Starting with the first group, insurance and other workers’ salaries, in 1981, the insurance only took two percent of total, however, in twenty years later, the number experienced a considerable growth of six percent to eight percent. Unlike the insurance, the salaries of other workers witnessed a respective drop from approximately thirty percent to a mere fifteen percent in about twenty years.

Moving on to the second group, we can see that both teachers-salaries’ and resources’ proportions significantly fluctuated. In the first ten years of the period, the numbers rose five and ten percent to reach fifty and twenty percent, however, slipped dramatically in the next years from fifty to forty five and from twenty to a mere nine percent. In contrast, furniture and equipment spending first experienced a decrease and then quickly climbed from five percent in 1991 to twenty percent, a growth of eighteen percent.

It is interesting to note that through approximately twenty years, the total spending on different things of this UK school changed considerably.

[ Written by - Quynh Tran ]


Sample Answer 4:
The given three pie charts depict the amount spent by a school in UK annually for the years 1981, 1991 and 2001.

As is observed from the pie charts, teachers’ salaries accounted for the highest percentage for both the years and insurance had the smallest proportion of money spent by the UK school in both three selected years.

In 1981, 40% of the total school spending was used for teachers’ salaries and it has increased to 50% of the total amount in 1991. In 2001, the percentage dropped a little, which was 45% which was 5% higher than that in 1981. The money spent on other workers’ salaries decreased gradually from 1981 to 2001. It was initially 28% in 1981, declined to 22% in 1991 and eventually dropped to 15% in 2001.

The spending on furniture and equipment and resources such as books were the same in 1981, which was 15% of the total amount. Whereas in 1991, there was more money spent on resources than furniture and equipment, that were 20% and 5% respectively, but the reverse is true for the year 2001. 23% of the spending was for the purpose of buying furniture and equipment and only 9% of the amount for resources like books. Starting from the year 1981 to 2001, the amount spent on insurance increased steadily. Only a small proportion of money allocated for insurance in 1981, which was 2 %, increased to 3% in 1991 and 8% in 2001.

[ Written by - Lee Wing Qeen ]


Sample Answer 5:
The given pie charts give information on the spending of a UK school in three different years with the 10 years interval starting from 1981.

According to the given data, in 1981 the UK school’s 40% expense was for teacher’s salary while 15% expenses were both for the school equipment and for other resources like book. 2% of it expenses was made for the insurance and remaining 28% was for the other staff’s salary. After 10 years the expenses in teachers’ salary increased by10% while the expenses on school furniture reduced by 10%. Resources and books related expenses increased by 5% while other staffs’ salary decreased by 6% this year. Only one percent expenses increased for the insurance.

In 2001, the expense of this school in this year was 45% for the teachers. The insurance cost increased to 8% while the furniture related expenses increased to 23% and staff salary and resource purchasing expenses decreased to 15% and 9% respectively.


Sample Answer 6:
The provided pie charts reveall information about the shift in yearly expenditure at a certain UK schools in the three diferent years: 1981, 1991, and 2001. Overall, the proportiton of educators’ paycheck was the highest amount spent in the mentioned years compared to other expenditure areas. Meanwhile, insurance had the lowest contribution in term of money spending.

To begin with, the figure of educators’ salaries was exactly 40% in 1981. Ten years later, it increased to a half of total expenditure. However, in 2001, there was a tiny decrease for spending in the same categorized to 45%.

Furthermore, other employees’ salaries also showed huge proportion on budgeting after educators’ salaries. This area slighly declined in the observed years from 28% in 1981, 22% in 1991 and just 15% in 2001.

There was, however, a field which improved gradually in annual expenditure. It was insurance which continualy rose. The percentages were 2 %, 3% and 8% respetively from 1981, 1991 and 2001. The high improvement was shown between 1991 to 2001 which increased by 5 %. Yet, insurance was still the bottom in money spending than other areas.

[ Written by - Waode Eti ]


Sample Answer 7:
The supplied pie charts compare the annual spending made by a school in the UK for three respective years which are 1981, 1991, and 2001. Overall, the salaries for teachers remained the highest portion in spending while insurance was the least expenses over the 20-year time frame.

Based on the pie charts, aforementioned, teachers’ salaries constituted the highest percentages of the school cost which were 40%, 50%, and 45% for 1981, 1991, and 2001 chronologically. The expenses on resources such as books, followed the trend of teachers’ salaries, went up in 1991 and dropped in 2001. In 2001, this expenditure stood at 9%. As for the other workers’ salaries which was 28% in 1998, showed a dramatic drop to 15% in 2001. It is interesting to note that the percentage of furniture and equipment in 2001 overtook the percentage of other workers’ salaries and it showed a significant rise in 2001 even though it experienced a slight drop in 1991. This cost was 5% in 1991 and 23% in 2001. On the other hand, insurance accounted for the minimal percentage of expenditure over the time frame with 2% in 1991 and 8% in 2001. 

[ Written by - Lee Swet Ying ]


Sample Answer 8:
The pie charts compare the expenditure of a school in the United Kingdom in three different years - 1981, 1991 and 2001, with a gap of a decade. It is clear from the pie charts that teachers’ salaries accounted for the highest percentage of the school’s expenses in all three years. By contrast, insurance was the smallest cost in each year.

Now turning to the details, In 1981, 40% of the school’s budget went on teachers’ salaries. This figure rose to exactly the half of the total expense in 1991, before dropping back by 5% in 2001. The proportion of expenditure on other workers’ wages was considerably lower than that of teachers' salaries and it fell steadily over the 20-year period, from 28% of the budget in 1981 to 15% in 2001. Expenditure on insurance stood at only 2% of the total in 1981, being the lowest percentage of expense for the school, but rose to 8% in 2001. The expense percentages for resources and furniture/equipment of the school fluctuated. The cost ratio for resources was the highest in 1991, one-fifth of the total cost to be precise, and the percentage of spending on furniture and equipment reached its peak in 2001, at 23%.

[ Written by - Dr Ali Ahmad ]


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+2 # Nitesh Patel 2015-09-29 21:39
The pie charts below compare the changing percentages of total school spending by a particularly elected school in the UK during the years 1981, 1991 and 2001. It can be clearly seen that the teachers’ salaries constitute the highest proportion in annual spending.

According to the data described on the pie charts, in 1981 teachers’ salaries by 40% maintained the first place on the list of total school spending followed by other workers’ salaries by 28%. The appropriation of money spent on resources and furniture showed the same rate. (15%) Moreover, the least proportion was spent on insurance by 2%.

However over this span of a decade, in 1991 the percentage of money spent on teachers’ salaries increased by 10%, resources e.g. books increased by 5% while the school spending on furniture and equipment, other workers’ salaries decreased by 10% and 4% respectively. Furthermore, insurance expenditures rose by 1% and reached 3%. When it comes the year 2001, the quantity of money expended on teachers’ salaries outnumbered the same figure for furniture and equipment by 45% to 23%, while this figure was 15% for other workers’ salaries, 9% for resources and 8% for insurance.

To conclude, it can be easily noticed that over this span of two decades the role of equipment and furniture, as well as insurance on the total school spending rose significantly.
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+2 # Yunus 2014-12-15 01:16
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