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40,000 to start teacher training says TDA
According to new figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), nearly 40,000 people are due to begin their initial teacher training this year.
The TDA's annual census of trainee teachers shows that more than 32,600 people are registered to begin mainstream training at universities, colleges and schools in England. A further 7,000 are expected to begin training on employment based routes such as the graduate teacher programme.
These figures include 15,600 people on mainstream primary courses, and 17,000 on mainstream secondary courses. The TDA says the diversity of trainees has improved as 11.6 per cent of new entrants declared themselves to have a black or minority ethnic background, up from 11.1 per cent last year, and 4.4 per cent declared that they had a disability compared to 4 per cent last year
Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: "These figures demonstrate the ongoing success of the TDA's teacher recruitment campaign in attracting the 40,000 trainees needed each year.
"Although the number of training places has decreased, it is still essential that we continue to provide schools with the high quality new teachers Ofsted has judged to be the best trained ever.
"And with an increasingly diverse cohort of trainees, including around a third over the age of thirty, schools are set to reap the benefits of the wide-ranging professional and personal experience they can bring to the school team."
Mr Holley added: "It is encouraging to see continued interest in teaching maths and science - 3,700 people are due to start science courses and 2,500 people are due to begin maths courses this year. In the face of tough competition from other professions, this represents one in five new graduates in these subjects deciding to pursue a career in teaching.
"However, we still need more people to train in these subjects. That is why the TDA's campaign will continue to target new and career-changer graduates, highlighting that teaching offers the unique enjoyment of working with young people, intellectual challenge and competitive financial rewards."
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