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Debts 'not dissuading' trainee teachers

Published: Thursday, 12 June 2008   Category: Government policies

Student debts are not putting off graduates from training to become teachers, a leading education agency has claimed.

According to the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), there is no reason to believe financial fears are preventing postgraduate applications.

A TDA spokesman stated that there are a range of financial incentives including bursaries and golden hello payments available for trainees "on the PGCE route".

Research conducted by Education Data Surveys published in February indicated a decline in those applying for teacher training after leaving university.

Applications were said to be down by nine per cent on the same date last year.

The largest fall was seen in the number of graduates wanting to become physics teachers, this figure being down by 30 per cent.

The TDA is the national agency and recognised sector body responsible for training and developing the school workforce.

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