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Lack of Trainee Teachers will Hit Schools in the Near Future

Friday 28th January 2011

Applications to teach some subjects have slumped by almost 40 per cent this year according to a news report today by the Telegraph. The paper reports that Prof John Howson, the managing director of Education Data Surveys, said declines in applications and trainee teachers in this year would hit school recruitment by 2013 and 2014.

Experts have also blamed worries about public sector cuts combined with uncertainty over the future of teacher training courses as factors leading to the slump in new applications for teacher training courses.

Another possible reason for the drop is the lack of advertising by the TDA after the Government banned the Training and Development Agency for Schools from running its usual advertising and marketing campaign in order to save money.

According to figures provided by the Education Data Survey, the number of graduates applying to start secondary teacher training courses in September is down by 9.3 per cent so far this year. Applications to enrol on mathematics courses are down by 14 per cent, while demand for science has dropped by 18 per cent.

Other subjects have witnessed a more dramatic decline as applications to teach design and technology are down by 38 per cent. Demand for business studies courses has dropped by 26 per cent and music is down by 27 per cent. It is feared that the slump in applications could leave schools with a shortage of teachers in some subjects and force them to put classes in the hands of untrained staff.


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