Emma Seith

One-in-10 teacher training places are going unfilled

Figures cast doubt on government target of attracting thousands of new trainees in the next academic year

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Universities have been unable to fill more than one-in-10 places on secondary teacher training courses, TESS can reveal.

Uptake this academic year on the most popular route into secondary teaching – the one-year postgraduate PGDE – was 16 per cent below target, with 214 out of 1,350 places going unfilled when over-recruitment to subjects such as history and geography is adjusted for.

The figures call into question whether the government would be able to fill the extra 371 places on teacher education courses announced last week. They have prompted the secondary headteachers organisation School ...

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