Teacher trainee applications rise steadily year-on-year


More than 26,400 teachers were awarded qualified teacher status during the 2018-2019 academic year, the latest government data shows.

According to the Initial Teacher Training Performance Profiles, 91% of all trainees in England were awarded qualified teacher status, with 79% of post-graduate trainees employed in state schools within 16 months.

Award rates varied across England, from 90% in the North West, South West and West Midlands to 94% in the East of England.

Figures from UCAS also reveal that the number of applications for teacher training courses was up 91% between 15th June and 20th July when compared to the same period of 2019.

According to The Guardian, some 21,000 people have applied to teacher training programmes since mid-March, up 65% on the last five years.

Representing a boost to teacher recruitment and retention efforts, an uptick in applications throughout 2020 means overall application numbers have risen 15% when compared to last year, a move welcomed by education secretary Gavin Williamson.

“Teaching has always been an attractive career but it’s good to see a continued surge in the number of people looking to enter the classroom,” he said.

Estimates from the Education Policy Institute suggest that up to 11,000 further trainees could sign up before course deadlines in September.

Government efforts to raise new starting salaries for teachers to £30,000 by 2022 could be one factor behind the surge in applications, with pay rises for 2020-2021 confirmed in late July.

Provisional employment rates are used in the latest data, with updates provided in the November 2020 school workforce census figures.

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