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Teacher Recruitment

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the targets for recruitment to (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages teacher training courses were in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what the performance against those targets was in each year.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills

The number of places allocated and the number of people recruited to science, mathematics and modern foreign languages in England from 1994 to 2004 are given in tables 1, 2 and 3.

Table 1: Science
Places Recruitment Difference
1993/94 2,615 2,397 218
1994/95 3,200 2,918 282
1995/96 3,402 2,794 608
1996/97 3,700 2,937 763
1997/98 3,300 2,789 511
1998/99 3,050 2,279 771
1999/2000 2,390 2,362 28
2000/01 2,690 2,413 277
2001/02 2,810 2,594 216
2002/03 2,850 2,701 149
2003/04 3,225 2,871 354
Table 2: Mathematics
Places Recruitment Difference
1993/94 1,755 1,790 -35
1994/95 2,230 1,950 280
1995/96 2,267 1,795 472
1996/97 2,550 1,653 897
1997/98 2,250 1,464 786
1998/99 2,150 1,120 1,030
1999/2000 1,680 1,302 378
2000/01 1,850 1,290 560
2001/02 1,940 1,553 387
2002/03 1,940 1,674 266
2003/04 2,315 1,942 373
Table 3: Modern foreign languages
Places Recruitment Difference
1993/94 1,665 1,550 115
1994/95 2,060 1,789 271
1995/96 2,092 1,790 302
1996/97 2,250 1,720 530
1997/98 2,650 1,799 851
1998/99 2,300 1,657 643
1999/2000 2,200 1,469 731
2000/01 2,050 1,635 415
2001/02 2,050 1,705 345
2002/03 2,050 1,732 318
2003/04 2,050 1,819 231

The number of places allocated and the number of people recruited do not take into account the Fast Track scheme or employment-based routes into teaching.

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