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Teachers: Science

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) chemistry, (b) biology and (c) physics initial teacher training entrants were recruited by the Training and Development Agency for Schools in (i) 2004, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2008. (304899)

The available information about recruitment to college and employment-based initial teacher training (ITT) in science subjects is given in the following table.

Initial teacher training: Recruitment to college and employment-based routes, Years: 2004/05, 2006/07 and 2008/09, Coverage: England

2004/05

2006/07

2008/09

College-based courses

Science

2,830

2,990

3,110

Biology

n/a

930

1,090

Chemistry

n/a

530

800

General sciences

n/a

1,180

720

Physics

n/a

350

510

Employment-based routes

Science

750

610

400

Biology

n/a

90

70

Chemistry

n/a

70

50

General sciences

n/a

410

230

Physics

n/a

50

50

Total

Science

3,580

3,600

3,510

Biology

n/a

1,020

1,160

Chemistry

n/a

600

850

General sciences

n/a

1,590

950

Physics

n/a

400

550

n/a = not available. Notes: 1. Recruitment figures for 2008/09 were provisional and subject to change. College-based recruitment for 2008/09 includes actual registrations and forecast trainees who are expected to enter ITT during the academic year. Employment-based recruitment figures for 2008/09 were for the autumn term only. A further 160 trainees were expected to start on employment-based route courses in Science during the academic year 2008/09. Vocational subjects such as applied science are excluded from the table. 2. College-based ITT recruitment includes universities, other higher education institutions, school centred ITT (SCITT) and Open University. In 2004/05 college-based ITT recruitment included 310 secondary trainees on the Fast Track programme. The Fast Track programme ended in 2005/06. 3. Employment-based ITT recruitment includes Teach First. The first year of the Teach First programme was 2003/04. 4. Recruitment numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Total may not sum due to rounding. Source: TDA's ITT Trainee Numbers Census and Employment-Based Database.