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Teachers: Training

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) applications were received for and (b) places were awarded on (i) graduate teacher programmes, (ii) Bachelor of Education programmes, (iii) Postgraduate Certificate of Education programmes and (iv) Teach First programmes in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (314909)

[holding answer 2 February 2010]: The table shows the number of applications and acceptances to mainstream postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) courses in England for entry in 2009-10.

Postgraduate applications and acceptances to ITT courses; year of entry: 2009-10 (provisional), Coverage: England

Number of applications

Number of acceptances














Figures presented in this table have been published in the GTTR website at:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.

Some applications to postgraduate ITT courses are made independently of the GTTR and are not included in the figures.


Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR)

The Annual Training and Development Agency for Schools Report states that there were 2,900 applications for Cohort 7 of the Teach First Programme (to start the scheme in 2009-10). Of these, 485 places were awarded.

Data on applications for mainstream undergraduate ITT (such as Bachelor of Education) and the Graduate Teacher Programme are not available centrally.

The number of recruits to ITT courses by the various routes and programmes has been published in Tables A1 and A2 of the Statistical First Release: School Workforce in England (23/2009) at:

These tables show that in 2009-10 there were 7,920 new entrants undergraduate ITT courses and 25,090 entrants to postgraduate ITT courses. The latest available full year data for employment based routes to ITT refer to 2008-09 and show there were 5,120 new entrants to the Graduate Teacher Programme and 370 entrants to the Teach First Programme.