HC Deb 07 July 1987 vol 119 c100W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied with the number of qualified physics, mathematics and science teachers in schools.

The Prime Minister

Not yet. But the initiatives taken by the Government to improve supply in these vital areas are beginning to show results. These include a £1,250 tax-free bursary for trainee teachers in the shortage subjects, new flexible training courses, better publicity, the setting up of the Teaching as a Career unit (TASC) to improve recruitment, more in-service training, and working with industry to improve recruitment of mature entrants. There is a reasonable chance of teacher training targets in shortage subjects being met this year for the first time for some years.

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