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Teachers: Training

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many applicants there were for teacher training in secondary school (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) ICT and (d) modern languages in each of the last three years; and how many and what proportion of applicants for such courses in 2009 have been successful. (201399)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of applicants to secondary initial teacher training (ITT) is not collected centrally. The number of applications made to mainstream postgraduate ITT is collected; however the number of applications to undergraduate ITT courses is not available. The number of applications for employment based ITT is not collected centrally.

The following table shows the number of applications to postgraduate secondary ITT courses in England for (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) ICT and (d) modern languages in each of the last three years for which complete data are available.

Number of applications

2005

2006

2007

Mathematics

3,250

2,840

2,590

Physics

520

490

450

ICT

1,620

1,440

1,120

Modern Languages

2,220

2,060

1,760

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2 Some applications for postgraduate ITT courses are made independently of the Graduate Teacher Training Registry and are not included in the figures.

3. Figures include trainees to secondary courses and do not include trainees to middle year's courses.

4. Data are as at the end of the application process so are subject to change.

5. Membership to the GTTR changes between years, therefore the higher education institutes covered may vary.

6. Modern languages include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and other modern languages.

Source:

Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR).

The figures are published on the GTTR website at:

http://www.gttr.ac.uk/stats.html.

Finalised data relating to the number of applications and the proportion which have been accepted on courses in 2009 are not available until February 2010,