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Student Wastage: Teachers

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the non-completion rates were for students enrolled in teacher training courses at UK universities in each year between 1997 and 2006. (154999)

I have been asked to reply.

Information about failure to complete Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses is only available for trainees in their final year of training. The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) only collect information relating to ITT courses in England. Prior to 1998/99 this data is not in a consistent format, so those gaining QTS in 1997/98 are not included in the response.

The tables show:

1. The number of final year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees, who were completing their ITT courses in a university in England, for each academic year between 1998/99 and 2005/06 who did not gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their final year of training and of these the number who are known not to have completed their courses and the number where the outcome of QTS is unknown.

2. The percentage of final year ITT trainees in universities in England

A. Known not to have completed their ITT course for each academic year between 1998/99 and 2005/06

B. W ho have failed to gain QTS for each academic year between 1998/99 and 2005/06

Final year ITT trainees in universities in England gaining QTS

Number of final year trainees in Universities in England who have not gained QTS

Total number of trainees in their final year in universities in England

Known not to have completed course

Undefined outcome

Other outcome

Total

Number of trainees who are known not to have completed their ITT course as a proportion of all final year trainees

Number of trainees who have not gained QTS as a proportion of all final year trainees

1998/99

26,120

1,260

440

1,280

2,980

5

11

1999/00

23,670

1,190

330

1,310

2,830

5

12

2000/01

24,490

1,250

460

1,200

2,910

5

12

2001/02

25,070

1,070

0

1,900

2,970

4

12

2002/03

27,030

960

0

2,060

3,020

4

11

2003/04

29,190

1,330

0

2,120

3,450

5

12

2004/05

29,430

1,290

0

2,730

4,020

4

14

2005/06

29,410

1,150

0

2,850

4,000

4

14

Notes: 1. Numbers are individually rounded to the nearest 10, therefore may not sum. 2. The table includes ITT trainees who trained in universities only. This excludes those trained through Employment Based Route (EBR), School Centred ITT (SCITT) and Open University courses. 3. 'Other outcome' includes final year trainees who are yet to complete their course, those with withheld QTS (including those where their skills test was not met, their standards were not met and where both their standards and skills test were not met) and those where the skill test has not been taken (including those whose standards were met and those whose standards were not met). 4. Non-completion rates presented are based on: A. Those known not to have completed their ITT course. B. Those who have failed to gain QTS because they are yet to complete their course, QTS has been withheld, the skills test has not been taken or the QTS outcome is undefined. Source: TDA performance profiles.