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.