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Teachers: Training

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd October 2015.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of reducing bursaries for post-graduate primary teacher training on teacher recruitment.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We want to attract the best and brightest graduates into the profession. Teaching remains a hugely popular career with more teachers in England’s classrooms than ever before and record levels of top graduates entering the profession.

Bursaries are designed to incentivise applications in subjects where it is difficult to recruit. We review annually the recruitment performance and demand in all subjects to inform bursary levels. In 2015/16 primary initial teacher training recruitment is set to surpass our target.

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