HC Deb 05 July 1983 vol 45 c68W
23. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers completing their training in 1983 are not expected to get jobs in September.

Mr. Dunn

About 12,000 people who will qualify as teachers this summer are expected to seek posts in maintained schools in England and Wales this autumn. On current hypotheses about the levels of wastage, the maintained schools are expected to have about 19,000 vacancies for teachers. The actual number of vacancies, and the proportion taken by the newly qualified in competition with teachers returning to the profession, will depend on local staffing policies.

24. Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when changes in the initial teacher training courses, as indicated in his recent White Paper, will be implemented.

Mr. Dunn

My right hon. Friend has asked the advisory committee on the supply and education of teachers to advise him by the end of this month on criteria against which initial teacher training courses might be assessed. He intends to announce his response to its recommendations at an early date, and subsequently to initiate a review of all courses.