HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 cc76-7WS
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were in training specialising in chemistry in each of the last five years. [133864]

Mr. Miliband

The information is not available in the form requested. Numbers of funded initial teacher training places are set annually by my right hon. Friend for science as a whole. The Teacher Training Agency's annual census of recruitment to initial teacher training also collects only aggregate recruitment data for science.

The table shows the number of entrants to initial teacher training courses in science since 1998/99.

Postgraduate Undergraduate Total
1998/99 2,058 221 2,279
1999/2000 2,149 213 2,362
2000/01 2,219 191 2,410
2001/02 2,444 150 2,594
2002/03 2,568 133 2,701
2003/041 n/a n/a n/a
1 The data shown above excludes trainees on the Fast Track scheme and employment based teacher training.



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