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ITE funding falls £13m despite recruitment crisis

Universities complain that ‘yo-yo scenario’ is leading to staffing instability

Universities have called for the government to increase funding for teacher training after it emerged spending is now £13 million lower than it was seven years ago – despite the ongoing recruitment crisis.

The government has sought to reassure the public over recent teacher shortages, stressing that it has increased spending on ITE every year for the past five years.

And it has been quick to highlight its investment in new routes into the profession, including redundant oil workers retraining as secondary teachers.

However, figures obtained by TESS that span the past 10 years show that ...

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