Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again

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.

 

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.

 

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