HC Deb 29 October 1990 vol 178 cc368-9W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many persons aged 17 and 19 years, respectively, per thousand are in full-time education in England, Scotland and Britain's major economic competitors.

Mr. Eggar

The readily available information is shown in the table. Data are unavailable for 19-year-olds on this basis. The figures for Scotland are the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr. Fallon

The Government's criteria for the approval of initial teacher training courses already require institutions to ensure that experienced serving teachers are involved in the planning and evaluation of courses, the selection of students, supervision and assessment of students' practical work and contributions as appropriate to lectures, seminars and other course activities.

It is the responsibility of schools, local authorities, and teacher training institutions to negotiate arrangements which will be of maximum benefit both to students and serving teachers.

Mr. David Porter

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the uptake of vacancies of teacher training establishments for the current term; and what were the comparable figures for each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Fallon

The total annual intake to initial teacher training in England and Wales since 1983 is as follows:

1983 16,218
1984 16,707
1985 16,725
1986 16,889
1987 19,180
1988 20,183
1989 21,757

Comparable data for the years before 1983 are not available.

Data on recruitment to teacher training institutions in the current academic year are in the process of being collected and will be available later on in the term.

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