§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total annual cost of publicly financed colleges of education; and what is the cost of teacher training for each student.
§ Mr. Dunn
The estimated annual cost of providing an initial teacher training place in 1982–83, the latest year for which full information is available, was £2,950 (at 1982–83 prices). This is an average figure covering courses of various kinds in both the universities and the public sector. There were some 32,000 students in initial teacher training in 1982–83. Students taking in-service or other teacher training courses not leading to qualified teacher status, and the cost of such courses, are not included in the figures. Most teacher training, initial and in-service, is now provided in multi-faculty institutions: the information available to the Department does not allow the full costs of such training to be separated from other costs in those institutions.