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Teachers: Science

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) biochemistry graduates began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by class of degree. (146126)

[holding answer 28 June 2007]: The breakdown of Science courses into the individual specialisms is not available. The following table shows the number of entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) mainstream Post Graduate (PG) science courses with a first UK degree in science or in a science-related subject by the classification of their first degree between 1998/99 and 2004/05.

Degree classification

Total

1st

2:1

2:2

3

Pass

Class not known or undefined

1998/99

1,620

120

630

600

150

90

30

1999/2000

1,680

140

660

630

150

70

40

2000/01

1,790

150

710

650

160

90

30

2001/02

1,880

150

780

670

160

90

40

2002/03

1,940

180

760

730

160

100

20

2003/04

2,220

220

930

780

170

80

30

2004/05

2,100

220

900

720

180

70

10

Notes:

1. Includes trainees from Universities and other Higher Education (HE) institutions, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Open Universities (OU), but exclude Employment Based Routes (EBR).

2. Numbers are individually rounded to the nearest 10, therefore may not sum.

3. Figures include those entering ITT courses for secondary science and key stage 2/3 science.

4. UK first degree of science includes trainees with degrees in biology, chemistry and physics.

5. UK first degree of science related subject includes trainees with a degree which has an element of science, for example engineering.

6. Prior to 1998/99 data are not in a consistent format.

Source:

TDA performance profiles