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Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people obtained a post-graduate certificate of education in 2006; and how many went into teaching within state education. (117465)

The information requested is not yet available.

Performance Profiles data, collected by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) indicate that in the academic year 2004/05, the latest year for which data are available, 21,780 people gained qualified teacher status (QTS) through post-graduate routes. Of these, 15,530 people (71 per cent.) were known to be teaching in the maintained sector six months after gaining QTS. A further 1,180 (5 per cent.) were in a teaching post but the sector was unknown. The data include trainees from Universities and other Higher Education (HE) institutions, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Open Universities (OU), but exclude employment based routes.