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Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in what disciplines there is a shortage of teachers; and what action he is taking to train unemployed teachers for these vacancies.

There is known to be a serious and persistent shortage of teachers of mathematics, the physical sciences, and craft, design and technology.The one-year retraining courses for qualified teachers who wish to teach the shortage subjects are to continue in 1980–81, and unemployed teachers may apply for local education authority awards to attend these courses or, if they are over 28, awards from the Manpower Services Commission.