Science: Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd May 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information she holds on the number of science graduates hired by secondary schools as teachers across the UK in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

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

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The number of science teachers in state funded secondary schools in England has increased between 2010 and 2014; from 56,700 to 57,300.

Last year, the Prime Minister announced that we would be spending up to £67m on teacher training and development in priority Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. This includes training an additional 2,500 mathematics and physics teachers, and improving the subject knowledge of a further 15,000 non-specialist serving teachers in those subjects.

The NAO Report, following their inquiry into ‘Training New Teachers’, stated ‘The overall number of teachers has kept pace with changing pupil numbers, and the retention of newly qualified teachers has been stable’. The report is available from the following web link: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/training-new-teachers/

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