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Teachers: Training

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for teacher training courses beginning in September 2008 have been made; how many were made in each of the previous five years; what assessment he has made of trends in the numbers of applications; and if he will make a statement. (206231)

The total number of applications to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England is not available centrally. The number of applicants to mainstream postgraduate ITT is collected; however the number of applicants to mainstream undergraduate ITT courses is not available. The number of applications for employment based ITT (EBITT) is not collected centrally. The numbers of trainees recruited to all ITT courses which will commence in 2008-09 are collected by the TDA and will be published by the Department in January 2009.

The following table show the number of applicants to mainstream postgraduate ITT courses in England for the academic year 2008-09 as at 7 May 2008, therefore this is not the final figure for applicants for 2008-09. Final data will be available in February 2009.

Number of applicants as at 7 May 2008

Primary

17,240

Middle

300

Secondary

18,470

Total

36,000

Notes:

1. Figures are founded 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. Membership to the GTTR changes between years, therefore the higher education institutes covered may vary.

4. An applicant to ITT courses can make one or more application.

Source:

Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR)

The following table shows the number of applicants to postgraduate ITT in England for entry in 2003-04 to 2007-08.

Number of applicants to postgraduate ITT courses in England for 2003-07

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Primary

19,450

20,180

19,960

20,000

19,070

Middle

750

690

680

570

470

Secondary

26,520

27,300

28,360

27,450

25,170

Total

46,710

48,170

48,990

48,030

44,71.0.

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

4. An applicant to ITT courses can make one or more application.

Source:

Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR)

The number of people accepting offers to ITT courses is a more important indicator of take up rate than applications. Year on year changes in the number of acceptances between 2003-04 and 2007-08 have broadly reflected changes in ITT recruitment targets. While acceptances on PGCE courses for 2008-09 are a few percentage points down on last year, there are also fewer places on offer. The following table shows the number of successful mainstream postgraduate applicants in England.

Number of acceptances to postgraduate ITT courses in England for 2003 to 2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Primary

8,850

9,320

9,110

8,540

8,330

Middle

620

550

480

380

370

Secondary

15,880

15,550

15,410

14,810

14,270

Total

25,350

25,420

25,000

23,730

22,970

Source:

Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR)

The figures are published on the GTTR website at:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of newly-qualified teachers did not take up a teaching position in each of the last five years; what the average cost of training a teacher was in that period; and if he will make a statement. (206232)

The following table provides the percentage of teachers who achieved qualified teacher status in England in each calendar year from 2001 to 2005 who were not recorded as being in teaching service of any description in England and Wales by the following March. Figures for 2004 and 2005 are provisional and may overestimate the percentage who were not in service as a result of the late receipt of information.

Analysis of figures for earlier years shows that over 90 per cent. of teachers who achieve qualified teacher status enter teaching service of some description eventually.

Number of teachers achieving qualified teacher status (QTS)1 in England by calendar year who were not in service in England or Wales2 by the following March

Year of qualification

Percentage not in service

2001

17.7

2002

16.4

2003

18.7

20043

19.5

20053

21.6

1 Includes teachers achieving QTS through college and employment based routes.

2 Teachers in service include those in full or part-time service in England and Wales in the maintained sector, independent and the further or higher education. A small number of teachers may not be recorded in service who are teaching in institutions in England and Wales that are not part of the Teachers Pensions Scheme or who have gone into teaching service in Northern Ireland, Scotland or overseas.

3 Provisional.

Source:

Database of Teachers Records and GTOE

Information on how much it costs an initial teacher training (ITT) provider to train a teacher is not available centrally. The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) allocates and pays funding to providers but it is a matter for them to determine how they deploy that funding and other income received by them for the provision of teacher training,.

To provide an indication of costs, the following table shows the unit of funding allocated and paid by the TDA in academic year (AY) 2007-08 for a one-year mathematics, one-year science and, by the way of comparison, a one-year geography postgraduate ITT course. This is the national rate and rates for London based ITT will be higher (5 per cent. higher for outer London and 8 per cent. higher for inner London). Training bursaries are available for some subjects.

£

Subject

Unit of Funding

Bursary

Science

5,630

9,000

Maths

5,060

9,000

Other Secondary

4,900

6,000

In addition to the funding paid by the TDA, providers can also charge up to £3,070 (dependant on their access agreement) in tuition fees from individual trainees. Also trainees will be entitled to apply for loans to cover fees and loans and grants for maintenance as part of the standard student support arrangements.