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Science Teachers

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) biology, (b) physics and (c) chemistry teachers which will need to be recruited to fulfil the pledge of allowing pupils to choose to study individual sciences at GCSE level. (93970)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: Science teachers are trained to teach across the sciences. We continue to set recruitment targets designed to ensure a sufficient supply of science teachers to meet pupils’ and schools’ needs. We will be taking action to increase the proportion of teachers with an initial specialism in physics to 25 per cent. and chemistry to 31 per cent. by 2014. We are also developing a diploma to improve teachers’ ability to teach physics and chemistry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many more (a) biology, (b) physics and (c) chemistry teachers he estimates will need to be recruited to fulfil the pledge of allowing pupils the choice to study individual sciences at GCSE. (94138)

Science teachers are trained to teach across the sciences. We continue to set recruitment targets designed to ensure a sufficient supply of science teachers to meet pupils’ and schools’ needs. We will be taking action to increase the proportion of teachers with an initial specialism in physics to 25 per cent. and chemistry to 31 per cent. by 2014. We are also developing a diploma to improve teachers’ ability to teach physics and chemistry.