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Maths and science will 'always' need teachers

Published: Friday, 27 February 2009   Category: Public sector

A Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) spokesperson has said that there will "always" be a need for teachers for maths and science, providing hope for graduates looking for recruitment in the sector.

Teacher training applications have gone up by ten per cent, with maths and science still needing more recruits due to a lack of graduates with degrees in those fields.

"Around each year, [schools] need to recruit around 40, 000 people into teacher training, just to make sure that there's a constant flow over time", the TDA spokesperson said, referring to the lack of available maths and science teachers.

This comes after the TDA reported that one in ten workers are considering teaching, with maths and science applications up on last year by 25 and 23 per cent, respectively, and the public body has announced three teacher training events across the country.

Gordon Brown this week pledged that 90 per cent of state schools will teach the three primary sciences by 2012, to ensure that Britain produces "the greatest scientists of tomorrow", and announced several graduate schemes to get those with science or maths degrees into teaching.

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