The numbers of primary trainee teachers gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) in academic years, 2000/01 to 2004/05, the latest year for which information is available, are shown in the following table:
|Primary teachers gaining qualified teacher status by academic year|
|Number of teachers|
| Notes: |
1. Includes those trained through SCITTs, but excludes completers through employment based routes.
2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Training and Development Agency's Performance Profiles
The numbers of vacancies for nursery and primary school teachers for January in years, 2001 to 2005 are shown in the following table:
|Full-time vacancies in local authority maintained schools in England: January of each year|
|Nursery and primary( 1,2)|
|(1) The vacancies are only those available on the date of the survey in January. They are advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments of at least one-term duration and include those being covered on a temporary basis by a teacher with a contract of less than one term. |
(2) In January 2006, there were 710 vacancies in nursery and primary schools in England. However, the information on the number of trainee teachers gaining QTS for 2005/06 is yet to be published.
The number of people to be trained to be teachers each year is calculated taking account of the forecast demand for teachers due to pupil numbers, teacher wastage, returnees and retirements and new curriculum pressures. This will inevitably be greater than the number of vacancies at the single point in January when vacancy statistics are counted. Most vacancies will be filled by schools as from the start of the academic year in September and therefore will not be shown as such at the single point in January when vacancy statistics are counted. The January figure is therefore a reflection of posts that are unfilled at that time, not of vacancies that have become available and been filled during the year.