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Science and maths teacher shortage may loom for England

Garry Wed 07 Aug 2013 15:44

England risks a shortage of science and maths teachers next summer, a leading recruitment expert has warned.

The government's new School Direct scheme is recruiting too few trainee teachers in key subjects, says Oxford Brookes university's Prof John Howson.

Some three-quarters of trainee physics teacher places on the scheme are unfilled, says Prof Howson.

The government said numbers of physics teacher trainees were "now at their highest level since records began".

From September about a quarter of the funding for teacher training will switch from universities to School Direct.

"On-the-job"
The government wants almost 10,000 new teachers to train on the scheme instead of at universities.

The aim is to give head teachers more control over training and guarantee more "on the job" experience for recruits.

Prof Howson's analysis suggests that at the start of August just over half of this number, some 5,630 trainees, had been accepted onto the scheme.

Read more... (BBC News - 7 August)