Teachers: Training

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many entrants there were to (a) primary school and (b) secondary school teaching through (i) the Graduate Teacher Programme, (ii) a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, (iii) TeachFirst and (iv) a Bachelor of Education degree in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The available information is given in the table and shows the number of trainees gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) by the requested routes and phase of training.

Numbers of undergraduate QTS completers are not held separately for BEds, BAs or BScs with QTS.

Teachers gaining QTS by route and phase of training, 2007/08, England
ITT course type
Primary Secondary Total
Graduate Teacher Programme 1,620 3,210 4,820
Postgraduate 7,920 12,340 20,260
Teach First Programme 0 270 270
Undergraduate (BA or BSc with QTS, or BEd) 5,340 870 6,210

1. Excludes cases where QTS was granted primarily as a result of assessment-based training.

2. Figures for secondary also include those for key stage 2-3.

3. Other routes to QTS not presented here include: Overseas Trained Teacher programme; and the Registered Teacher programme.

4. The recruitment figures for Teach First are starters at the Teach First summer institute. This is the most comparable indicator to 'entrants' via other initial teacher training routes. Teach First is mainly secondary but there is a pilot of 30 primary places spread across 2008/09 and 2009/10.

5. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


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