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Teachers (Training Costs)

Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the latest figures for the average cost of training a secondary school teacher.

Most trainee secondary teachers take one-year courses leading to the postgraduate certificate of education, having first completed a degree course. Others take three or four-year courses leading to the Bachelor of Education. There is a wide variation in costs and these costs are not precisely distinguishable within higher education. However the average gross institutional cost, including the first degree for PGCE students, of training a secondary teacher at 1980–81 outturn prices is estimated to be in the region of £15,000.