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Teachers: Training

Question for Department for Education

UIN 76, tabled on 27 May 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what forecast her Department has made of the number of unfilled teacher training routes in (a) mathematics, (b) physics and (c) all combined teacher training routes beginning in September 2015.

Answered on

1 June 2015

Figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service on 28 May 2015 show that the Department for Education is on course to exceed its recruitment target for primary trainee teachers. Good progress is also being made in recruiting secondary trainees.

The department has increased bursaries and scholarships to up to £25,000 and is paying a £5,000 salary bonus to mathematics, physics and computing trainees on our School Direct salaried scheme. The Prime Minister announced on 11 March 2015 further investment of £67 million over the next five years to recruit an extra 2,500 mathematics and physics trainee teachers and retrain 15,000 existing teachers.

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