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Food: Education

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are training to teach food technology. (203149)

The following table shows the total number of trainees on food technology initial teacher training (ITT) courses for the academic year 2007-08.

Number of trainees on food technology ITT courses2007-08Mainstream230Employment based ITT50 Notes:1. Figures are individually rounded to the nearest 102. Figures for mainstream trainees include universities and other HE institutions, SCITT and OU, but exclude employment based ITT (EBITT) schemes.3. Figures include trainees who are resitting all or part of their ITT programme.4. Figures are for the total number of trainees on ITT courses therefore include all trainees at all stages on courses of one to five year durations.5. EBITT figures include trainees through the graduate teacher programme (GTP), the registered teacher programme (RTP), the overseas trained teacher programme (OTTP). There are currently no trainees on a food technology Teach First (TF) programme. Figures are taken from the employment based ITT data management system as at 30 April 2008 and are subject to change,6. Trainees who withdrew before their programme start date are removed from the above data.Source:ITT Trainee Number Census and TDA Employment Based ITT Database

Approximately 800 secondary school food technology teacher training places will be made available over the three-year period 2008-09 to 2010-11.