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Teachers: Science

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) physics, (ii) chemistry and (iii) biology teachers holding a degree from a Russell Group university, broken down by age group. (142601)

This information requested is not collected centrally.

The following table shows the number of mainstream science initial teacher training (ITT) trainees who gained qualified teacher status (QTS) in academic year 2004-05 and are known to be in a teaching post six months after they gained their QTS. It also shows the number of these science trainees who completed their training in Russell Group universities and the proportion of all newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in science in 2004-05 that completed their training in a Russell Group university.

Number of final year science ITT trainees from Russell Group universities in 2004-05 known to be in teaching posts six months after gaining qualified teacher status (QTS)

Age of final year trainees

Science NQTs known to be in a teaching post six months after gaining QTS

Science NQTs from Russell group universities known to be in a teaching post six months after gaining QTS

Percentage of all science NQTs known to be in teaching posts six months after gaining QTS who are from Russell Group universities

Under 25

830

280

33

25-34

750

190

25

35 and over

280

50

18

Total

1,860

520

28

Notes: 1. Those in teaching post include those in the maintained sector and non-maintained sector as well as those where the sector is unknown. 2. Figures include those qualifying from secondary science courses and key stage 2/3 courses. 3 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 4. Russell group universities include, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Kings College London, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton and University of Warwick. 5. Science figures are for Mainstream ITT trainees and includes those trained though SCITTs, but excludes completers through employment based routes. 6. In addition to those known to be in employment there are an additional 230 science NQTs with unknown destinations across all ages, 50 of these NQTs are from Russell Group Universities. There were also 60 science NQTs who were seeking teaching posts six months after gaining QTS, of which 28 per cent. trained in Russell group universities. Source: TDA Performance Profiles

The break down of science courses in to the individual specialism is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology teachers who qualified in each year since 1990 who are teaching in 2006-07 in (i) independent schools, (ii) maintained schools, (iii) grammar schools and (iv) city technology colleges and academies. (142602)