Teacher training course figures


Enrolment on initial teacher training courses surged 23% this year, according to the latest government figures.

It marks the first time in eight years that the government has hit its target for secondary teacher recruitment, as applications soared on the back of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 41,500 new entrants to initial teacher training were recorded in 2020-2021 according to the Department for Education, up from just under 33,800 in 2019-2020.

Of these new entrants, 35,467 were enrolled in postgraduate courses, while a further 6,005 people were entrants to undergraduate courses.

As a result, the teacher supply model target – which outlines how many new teachers are required each year – was surpassed at secondary level for the first time since 2012-2013.

The target for secondary level subjects was met by 106%, while at primary level it was even higher, at 130%. Furthermore, the target for EBacc subjects was also met, by 105% across subjects.

Widespread variation was noted across subjects though; new entrants for initial teacher training in the classics was 256% above target, for example, while entrants to physics was just 45% of what is required.

Other popular subjects include biology, which met its target by 189%, as well as history and PE which met their targets by 175% and 135% respectively.

In addition, entrants for art and design, drama and geography all surpassed their targets by at least 130%.

A number of subjects have financial incentives to encourage recruitment, although entrants for modern foreign languages, design and technology and maths were all below the targets outlined by the teacher supply model.

These subject areas, therefore, represent good opportunities for those considering a career in the classroom, as demand is unlikely to subside.

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