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Teachers: Training

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers took a (a) Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts degree and (b) a Post-graduate Certificate of Education with a language specialism in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (295773)

The available information is given in the following table.

Number of new entrants to initial teacher training (ITT) courses specialising in modern foreign languages, years 2006/07 to 2008/09: coverage England

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

Primary

Undergraduate

110

120

50

Postgraduate

600

590

510

Secondary

Undergraduate

10

20

30

Postgraduate

1,490

1,330

1,290

Primary and secondary

Undergraduate

120

140

80

Postgraduate

2,090

1,930

1,800

Notes:

1. Recruitment figures for 2008/09 were provisional and are subject to change. They include 100 forecast trainees who are expected to enter ITT during the academic year.

2. Includes Universities and other Higher Education Institutions, SCITT and Open University but excludes employment based routes.

3. Figures for secondary include Key Stage 2/3.

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

5. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Totals as shown may not equal the sum of component parts.

Source:

TDA’s ITT Trainee Numbers Census

The downward trend in entrants to ITT courses specialising in Modern Foreign Languages reflects the target number of places set for recruitment and the low level of teacher vacancies in the subject.