Teacher Vacancies

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:04 pm on 24 October 2001.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 3:04, 24 October 2001

My Lords, is the Minister aware that 2,000 vacancies for a profession employing some 450,000 people does not seem to be a high vacancy rate, especially when compared with some other industries and services? In the context of this Question, what progress is being made to attract more men into the teaching profession, in particular into primary school education?