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Shortage Subjects

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on the results of the first year of the Government's retraining scheme for teachers in shortage subjects.

The Government's special scheme has already made a significant contribution towards improving the supply of teachers in the shortage subjects, by encouraging just over an additional 900 people to train and, in the case of qualified teachers, retrain to teach those subjects. A preliminary survey of the subsequent employment of these people was carried out in July, and this indicated that about three-quarters of those completing their courses in the summer had then found teaching posts.