HC Deb 11 March 1998 vol 308 c229W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of recent graduates applying for teacher training. [32546]

Ms Estelle Morris

Maintaining teacher recruitment is one of the major challenges facing the Government and our response to the first report of the Education Select Committee on teacher recruitment, which was published on 29 January, includes details of the action we are taking to encourage more students to become teachers. In particular, as part of our commitment to encourage more graduates to take up teaching as a profession, we have already announced that trainee teachers on postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) courses will not have to make means-tested contributions towards tuition fees.