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Infant Teachers

Volume 80: debated on Friday 14 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many qualified infant teachers completed teacher training in 1982, 1983 and 1984; what is the estimated number for the current year; and how these figures compare with the estimated number of vacancies for such teachers in England and Wales.

Separate information about infant teachers is not readily available. Estimates for primary teachers, covering infant and junior age groups but not nursery or middle, suggest that about 2,700 qualified in 1983 and 2,900 in 1984. Comparable estimates are not available for numbers qualifying in 1982 or for those expected to complete their training in 1985. Nor is information available on the numbers of vacancies for those groups of teachers in the years requested.