HC Deb 24 October 1986 vol 102 cc996-7W
Mr. Aspinwall

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action is being taken to alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers in the subjects of mathematics and physics.

Mrs. Rumbold

Various measures to improve the numbers and quality of mathematics and physics teachers were set out in the consultative document "Action on Teacher Supply in Mathematics, Physics and Technology'. Since that document was published we have announced a new in-service teacher training grants scheme for 1987–88 which accords priority funding to mathematics and physics. Funds have been set aside to support specially-designed training courses in local authority higher education. From this autumn bursaries will be payable to postgraduate students training to teach mathematics and physics.

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