asked the Secretary of Education and Science what proportion of students successfully completing teacher training courses fails to take up teaching posts; and what proportion leaves during or at the end of the first year of teaching.
About 10 per cent. do not enter the maintained primary and secondary schools, and it is not known how many of these enter teaching in other sectors or overseas. About 12 per cent. of new entrants to the maintained primary and secondary schools have left by the end of their first year, but many may re-enter later on.