Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again

Dec 28, 2016 by

Not enough trainee teachers began courses in more than three-quarters of subjects, including maths and computing

Labour has accused the government of presiding over a crisis in teacher training after it failed to hit the necessary recruitment levels for a fifth year in a row.

Not enough trainee teachers began courses in more than three-quarters of subjects, with maths, physics, design and technology, computing and business studies all falling at least 15% short of their targets.

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About 6,000 trainee teachers began courses after achieving a 2:2 or lower in their degree subject, and less than half of trainees are studying for their qualifications in universities, Labour said.

The only subjects to meet the required recruitment levels were PE, history, biology and geography, while English and chemistry narrowly missed them.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said it amounted to a teacher training crisis that would lead to shortages.

“Every year the government miss their targets and it’s subjects that are crucial to our future economy that are worst hit,” she said. “The Tories really need to get a grip on this. They are failing in their most basic job in education – providing enough teachers for our schools.”

However, a spokeswoman for the Department for Education (DfE) disputed the idea of a crisis, saying the figures showed that teaching “continues to be an attractive career”.

“Secondary postgraduate recruitment is at its highest level since 2011 and we have recruited more trainees in key subjects including physics, maths, modern foreign languages, biology, chemistry and geography than we did last year,” she said.

Source: Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again | Education | The Guardian

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