HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1814W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new teachers were recruited in(a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003. [189522]

Mr. Miliband

The number of new recruits to initial teacher training in England in those years was as follows:

Academic year Recruits1
1997/98 27,810
2000/01 29,510
2003/04 41,090
1Includes conventional (PGCE/BEd) and employment-based training routes.
Teacher Training Agency

The numbers of teachers taking up posts for the first time in maintained schools in England in the 1997–98 and 2000–01 financial years were as follows. Data for 2003–04 are not yet available:

Financial Year New entrants to teaching
1997/98 27,420
2000/01 28,150
110–20 per cent. of pare-time teachers may not be included in the data.
Database of Teacher Records.