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Teaching Profession (University Graduates)

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage figure has been used to calculate the number of university graduates likely to enter teaching each year up to 1980; and whether this figure will be revised in the light of the University Grants Committee's statistics for 1972–73 which show a decline in the percentage of both men and women graduates entering teacher training.

At the time of the 1972 White Paper the projected annual entry of graduates to teaching represented about 21 per cent. of the university output in the relevant year. I am at present reviewing policy on teacher supply and demand in consultation with the Advisory Committee on the Supply and Training of Teachers. This review will take account of the latest evidence of graduate entry to teacher training, but until it has been completed it would be premature to estimate the future numbers and proportions of graduates likely to enter teaching.