§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many and what percentage of applicants for PGCE courses in (i) primary and (ii) secondary teaching obtained either a first or an upper second class honours degree for the latest period for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
[holding answer 9 February 1999]: No information is available about the degree class of PGCE applicants.
The following table gives information about the degree class of PGCE intake.
Number and percentage of first-year trainees on postgraduate initial teacher training courses with either a first or an upper second class honours degree in England, 1996–97 First-year trainees with a first or 2:11 Number Percentage Primary 2,480 49 Secondary 6,277 46 Total 8,757 47 1 Trainees with an undivided second class degree are classified as upper second class
TTA Survey under the Framework for the Assessment of Quality and Standards in ITT