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Teachers: Training

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many training places were (a) available and (b) taken up for teachers of (i) mathematics, (ii) physics and (iii) modern languages in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement. (166621)

The following table shows the number of training places (“targets”) made available to the Training and Development Agency (TDA) for mathematics, science and modern languages for each academic year between 1997/98 and 2007/08:

Initial teacher training places1: Academic years 1997/98 to 2007/08—England

Secondary subject2

Mathematics

Science

Modern foreign languages

1997/98

2,250

3,300

2,650

1998/99

2,150

3,050

2,300

1999/2000

1,680

2,390

2,200

2000/01

1,850

2,690

2,050

2001/02

1,940

2,810

2,050

2002/03

1,940

2,850

2,050

2003/04

2,315

3,225

2,050

2004/05

2,350

3,225

2,050

2005/06

2,350

3,225

1,900

2006/07

2,350

3,225

1,790

2007/08

2,350

3,225

1,670

1 Includes SCITT but excludes employment-based routes.

2. Places for vocational subjects in 2006/07 are included with the allocation for related academic subject: Science includes places for applied science.

Source:

DFES

Recruitment figures to mainstream ITT courses in these subjects for each academic year between 1997/98 and 2006/07 are shown in the following table:

Recruitment to initial teacher training courses1,2: Academic year 1997/98 to 2006/07—England

Secondary subjects

Mathematics

Science3

Of which: Physics

Modern foreign languages

1997/98

1,460

2,790

1,800

1998/99

1,120

2,280

1,660

1999/2000

1,300

2,360

1,470

2000/01

1,290

2,410

1,640

2001/02

1,550

2,590

1,710

2002/03

1,670

2,700

1,730

2003/04

1,940

2,870

1,820

2004/05

2,030

2,830

1,620

2005/06

1,920

2,890

1,500

2006/07

2,000

2,990

350

1,500

1 Recruitment figures for 2006/07 are provisional and are subject to change.

2 Includes universities and other HE institutions, SCITT and OU, but excludes employment based routes. Recruitment numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.

3 Physics is included in the total for science. Prior to 2006/07, the breakdown for science subjects was not available. Excludes applied science from 2004/05 onwards.

Source:

TDA survey of ITT providers

Places for applied science, except for 2004/05 are included within the allocation for Science. Updated tables, incorporating final 2006/07 and provisional 2007/08 recruitment data are scheduled to be published in January 2008.

The Training and Development Agency (TDA) announcement of 12 November 2007 included provisional recruitment figures for physics specialists of 477 for academic year 2007/08.