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Government welcomes graduate teacher statistics
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
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The government has welcomed the publication of new statistics detailing the number of graduates applying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The latest set of monthly figures detailing PGCE applications shows a consistently high number of applicants looking to pursue a graduate career in teaching.
Despite the figures showing a decrease in graduates applying for the PGCE course in September 2007 in relation to the same period the previous year, a government expert remained positive.
Graham Holley, chief executive of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), said: "The TDA welcomes the PGCE figures on applications to initial teacher training. They show a continuing healthy interest in teaching as a rewarding career."
And he added: "We remain confident that the proportion of training places filled will be higher than last year - itself a record year. This is borne out by a two per cent increase in the proportion of places which have been accepted so far this year."
Statistics compiled by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry indicate that over 58,000 graduates chose to pursue a teaching career in 2005-2006 by applying for a PGCE course.