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'No teacher shortage' despite dip in numbers

By Wesleyan

The Government is confident there will be no teacher shortage, despite a fall in the number of people entering training.

Official figures show that in 2014/15 there were 32,543 people who started teacher training courses, some 5,000 less than the 37,800 new entrants in 2010/11.

The number of people entering primary programmes went up from 18,360 to 19,213 over that period.

However, there was a large fall in the amount of people embarking on secondary programmes.

Education minister David Laws said he is confident there will be no teacher shortage because schools can recruit via other avenues and not all trainees progress into teaching immediately after their courses.

Mr Laws added that the Government will look to increase recruitment in the Stem subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths.

People who choose to train in these subjects could be offered bursaries and scholarships for postgraduate initial teacher training.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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