HC Deb 23 March 1987 vol 113 c15
13. Mr. Gwilym Jones

asked the Secretay of State for Wales what action he has taken to overcome the lack of teachers in shortage subjects; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

The Government have introduced various measures to increase the supply of teachers in the shortage subjects. These include a new bursary scheme to attract graduates to teacher training courses, increased expenditure on course development, increased grant-aid for in-service training, tax concessions for firms willing to second employees to schools and colleges and the establishment of the teaching as a career unit.

Mr. Jones

I am pleased to hear my hon. Friend's answer. However, are there any signs yet that the measures he describes are proving successful?

Mr. Roberts

I am pleased to tell my hon. Friend that recruitment to postgraduate teacher training courses in Wales in the shortage subjects — mathematics, physics, craft design and technology — in 1986 showed a significant increase as compared with the previous year. I am sure that he will agree that that is encouraging and is due largely, I am sure, to the new bursary scheme of £1,200 per annum which the Government have introduced to attract graduates to teacher training courses in those subjects.

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