Surge in would-be teacher trainees
The DFEE said that 34,000 people had registered an interest with the Teacher Training Agency last term, in comparison with 17,000 the previous year.
Since the start of the new advetising campaign for teaching the TTA had received 14,000 enquiries.
Solving the recruitment crisis was a question of "converting expressions of interest into applications", school standards minister Estelle Morris said last week at the North of England education conference.
The TTA hotline received more than 2,500 calls on the first two working days of 2001, Ms Morris said.