STUDENT teacher numbers have risen for the first time in eight years, but this still leaves the Government short of its secondary-school target.
Figures released by the Teacher Training Agency this week show that nearly 28,000 people registered for training in 200001, a rise of just under 2,000.
Secondary courses remain 13 per cent short of their goal despite being up 6 per cent on last year. A total of 14,508 trainees have started courses, compared with the 16,615 needed.
Primary recruitment is above target, as in previous years, with a 12 per cent increase in trainees.
The overall rise has been credited to the introduction of the pound;6,000 training salaries in April which appear to have eased the immediate crisis in schools.
However, shortage subjects such as maths, physics and
languages are filing to attract the required numbers, despite the extra pound;4,000 paid to these teachers after their first year in post.
In maths, the shortfall is more than 30 per cent with 1,282 beginning training, compared with 1,850 the agency had hoped for.
There was a shortfall of 20 per cent in modern languages, 18 per cent in geography and 11 per cent in science.
History and PE slightly exceeded targets.
However, as The TES revealed last week, student numbers for courses starting next year are down by nearly a
quarter on this time last year, although enquiries about
teaching were up by 60 per cent.
Publication of this year's figures comes three weeks after the launch of a new recruitment drive, backed by the pound;7 million "Those who can, teach" advertising campaign on TV and in newspapers.