HC Deb 08 June 1976 vol 912 cc647-8W
25. Mrs. Wise

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many newly-trained teachers he estimates will be unemployed at the commencement of the next school year.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Uncertainty about trends in wastage from and reentry to the profession makes it impossible to give reliable estimates of the total number of teachers likely to be able to find teaching posts this September or of the proportion of those likely to be newly qualified. Even in the years of teacher shortage, some 20 per cent. of those who successfully completed their courses in the summer would commonly not have taken up teaching posts in the maintained sector by the following September.