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Teacher training positions 'may not be filled'

Published: Thursday, 07 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

New figures have shown that there may not be sufficient graduates applying for teacher training courses to fill all the positions required.

Research by consultants Education Data Surveys has shown that applications for post-graduate teacher training have dropped by some nine per cent since the same time last year, reports the Guardian.

Professor John Howson of Education Data Surveys warned: "Unless graduate demand elsewhere in the economy experiences a downturn, it is difficult to see how all teacher training places will be filled this year."

The continued decline is likely to be frustrating new for the government, who had previously offered cash incentives such as £5,000 "golden hellos" in an attempt to attract more top graduates into teaching, the report continues.

A spokesman for the Training and Development Agency for Schools has stated that it is best not to make immediate predictions based on the first set of results on applications, says the newspaper.

It has recently been reported that graduate vacancies are set to increase for the fifth year running, despite the current economic situation.


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