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The Department for Education monitors the number of teachers working in all state funded schools (including all local authority maintained schools, free schools and academies) and the number of vacancies reported by these schools via the annual School Workforce Census. The number of new teachers per year can be calculated using the census.
The information on teacher numbers and vacancies is also used by the department to determine the number of teacher training places that will be made available in each year. The take up of these teacher training places is monitored by the National College for Teaching and Leadership via the Initial Teacher Training Census.