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To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on plans to increase the number of universities offering PGCE courses in core subjects within the English Baccalaureate.
The Department for Education estimates the number of teacher training places (including those on Post Graduate Certificates in Education courses) needed for each subject. This includes consideration of the effects of changes such as the introduction of the English Baccalaureate qualification. The Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) allocates these places to academic institutions and other providers of initial teacher training. The Department's current assessment is that there is enough capacity in the existing pool of universities who are accredited as initial teacher training providers to meet the requirement for teacher training places in all subjects, including those in the English Baccalaureate.