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Teachers: Training

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers took a primary (a) Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts and (b) post-graduate certificate in education with a (i) language and (ii) mathematics specialism in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (249102)

(2) how many teachers took (a) a post-graduate certificate of education, (b) a Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts, (c) a school-centre initial teacher training course and (d) another teacher training route at primary level with a specialism in (i) Mandarin, (ii) Japanese, (iii) Urdu, (iv) Italian, (v) French, (vi) Spanish and (vii) German in each of the last five years.

The available information is given in the following table and shows recruitment to undergraduate and postgraduate primary modern foreign language initial teacher training (ITT) courses for the last five years for which data are available. Figures relating to 2008/09 are expected to be available by the end of January 2009. There are currently no primary ITT courses which specialise in mathematics; Mandarin; Japanese or Urdu.

Over the last five years nearly 4,000 trainees in total graduated through ITT courses in primary modern languages. More trainees will be funded for these courses, including a projected 900 in 2008/09.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools is also piloting this year, in partnership with 10 ITT providers, additional routes to boost the primary workforce teaching languages. A projected 3,000 trainees will go through these courses in 2008/09. Of these trainees, about one third are postgraduate trainees and two thirds are undergraduate trainees.

Number of new entrants on primary modern foreign language ITT courses between 2003/04 and 2007/08

Total number of new entrants

Primary— French

Primary—German

Primary—Italian

Primary—Spanish

Primary—Portuguese

Primary—total modern foreign languages

2003/04

Undergraduate

60

10

0

10

0

80

Postgraduate

280

30

0

50

0

360

of which

School centred (SCITT)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

330

40

0

60

0

430

2004/05

Undergraduate

60

30

0

30

0

130

Postgraduate

290

60

20

60

0

440

of which

School centred (SCITT)

1

0

0

0

0

1

Total

360

90

20

100

0

570

2005/06

Undergraduate

60

10

0

20

0

90

Postgraduate

320

70

30

140

10

570

of which

School centred (SCITT)

1

0

0

0

0

1

Total

380

80

30

160

10

650

2006/07

Undergraduate

70

20

0

20

0

110

Postgraduate

320

80

40

160

10

600

of which

School centred (SCITT)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

390

100

40

180

10

710

2007/08

Undergraduate

90

10

0

30

0

120

Postgraduate

340

80

40

150

0

590

of which

School centred (SCITT)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

420

90

40

170

0

720

1 Less than 5.

Notes:

1. Coverage includes universities and other HE institutions, SCITT and OU, but excludes employment based routes.

2. Figures include trainees who are re-sitting all or part of their ITT programme.

3. Figures include trainees on courses of one to five year durations.

4. Figures are individually rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum to total.

Source:

TDA ITT Trainee Number Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what is the cost to the public purse of training for teaching staff at schools in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. (249818)

The requested data are not collected centrally with the required breakdown. However, the total expenditure by local authority maintained schools on development and training for all staff employed at schools and the central local authority expenditure on teacher development for 2007-08 is contained within the following table.

£

Expenditure by local authority maintained schools on development and training (E09) for all staff employed at school

Central local authority expenditure on teacher development

England (excluding Cumbria LA)

174,611,000

28,542,000

North East Government office region

8,180,000

2,003,000

Tees Valley sub-region

2,346,000

368,000

Of which:

Darlington LA

320,000

0

Hartlepool LA

320,000

80,000

Middlesbrough LA

410,000

150,000

Redcar and Cleveland LA

450,000

0

Stockton-on-Tees LA

840,000

140,000