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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 00:33 GMT 01:33 UK


Education

Teachers becoming better qualified

Student teachers preparing for the classroom in Manchester

Better-qualified graduates are entering teaching and the recruitment crisis appears to be diminishing - but there are concerns over a shortage of modern languages teachers.

The Teacher Training Agency has published figures showing that more than half of graduates training to become primary school teachers have a 2:1 or higher - rising from 49% to 53% of entrants.

Students training to teach in secondary schools are not as well qualified - only 34% of maths teachers have a 2:1 or higher - but the trend is also upwards.


[ image: Anthea Millett says the overall picture for recruitment is
Anthea Millett says the overall picture for recruitment is "very encouraging"
Application figures also show that the acute shortages of teachers for subjects such as maths and science have been alleviated by the introduction of £5,000 cash incentives for student teachers.

An increase of 33% in applications for maths and 24% for science will help to fill vacancies, although there was a downturn in applications for teacher training courses for English and history.

But for modern languages, the overall number of applicants and their levels of qualifications are falling - a position described as "very worrying" by Anthea Millett, chief executive of the TTA.

The number of applications for teaching modern languages fell by 5% and there has been a 3% fall in the number of graduates with a 2:1 or better - from 44% to 41%.

Ms Millett expressed fears that a shortage of modern languages teachers could mean schools being unable to offer the option of a second modern language - which in turn would reduce the number of pupils learning languages.

In an attempt to tackle problems with staff for modern languages, the Prime Minister has already announced that the £5,000 'golden hello' scheme will be extended for student teachers of modern languages.

'Performance profiles'

The figures on applications are drawn from the Teacher Training Agency's 'performance profiles' of teacher training colleges and university education departments.

These show an analysis of colleges under a range of different criteria, including the ethnic backgrounds of students, gender and the highest rated colleges.

The highest proportion of students from an ethnic minority background is at the University of North London (54%) and the highest proportion of male students for primary teaching is in the Billericay Educational Consortium (32%).

The best qualified entrants for undergraduate teacher training are at Homerton College, with the best qualified graduates at Nottingham Trent University (96% with a 2:1 or higher).

For primary level teacher training, five colleges have been given an A grade for high quality - Canterbury Christ Church University College, University of East Anglia, Homerton College, Manchester Metropolitan and St Mary's College.

Of the 18 subjects, no provider gets an A grade in six: classics, design and technology, drama, information technology, physical education, and social science/social studies.

Of those subjects in the A category, Homerton College features six times and the University of Oxford five.

The table below shows those providers whose training quality is graded A or B ("very good" or "good") in the various subjects:

Grade A
ART
Anglia Polytechnic University
Homerton College
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Exeter
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Reading
BUSINESS STUDIES
Roehampton Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
University of the West of England
ECONOMICS
University of Warwick
ENGLISH
Homerton College
University of Durham
University of Oxford
GEOGRAPHY
University of Cambridge
University of East Anglia
University of Exeter
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Newcastle
University of Oxford
University of Sheffield
HISTORY
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Oxford
MATHEMATICS
Kingston University
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Homerton College
University of East Anglia
University of Oxford
MUSIC
Bath Spa University College
University of Durham
PRIMARY TEACHING
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Homerton College
Manchester Metropolitan University
St Mary's College
University of East Anglia
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Homerton College
University of Exeter
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Warwick
SCIENCE
Homerton College
University of Cambridge
 
Grade B
ART
Bath Spa University College
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
Goldsmiths College
Middlesex University
Mid-Essex SCITT Consortium
Roehampton Institute
St Martin's College
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Central England
University of Plymouth
University of the West of England
BUSINESS STUDIES
Edge Hill College of HE
Kingston University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Brighton
University of Huddersfield
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Sunderland
University of Wolverhampton
CLASSICS
University of Cambridge
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
College of St Mark and St John
De Montfort University
Edge Hill College of HE
Gloucestershire ITE Partnership
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
Roehampton Institute
University of Brighton
University of Exeter
University of Sunderland
DRAMA
Chester College
University of Central England
University of Reading
ECONOMICS
Staffordshire University
University of Hull
University of Manchester
ENGLISH
Anglia Polytechnic University
Bath Spa University College
Bromley Schools' Collegiate
Brunel University
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Central School of Speech and Drama
Edge Hill College of HE
Keele University
Liverpool Hope
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Mid-Essex SCITT Consortium
Newman Partnership
North East Essex Coastal Confederation
Roehampton Institute
St Martin's College
University College Chichester
University College Worcester
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of East Anglia
University of Exeter
University of Hertfordshire
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of North London
University of Nottingham
University of Portsmouth
University of Sheffield
University of Sunderland
University of the West of England
University of Warwick
University of York
GEOGRAPHY
Bath Spa University College
Brunel University
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
Liverpool Hope
Manchester Metropolitan University
Oxford Brookes University
St Martin's College
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Durham
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Nottingham
University of Southampton
University of Sunderland
HISTORY
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
Edge Hill College of HE
Keele University
Liverpool Hope
Roehampton Institute
St Martin's College
Trinity and All Saints College
University College Chichester
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of East Anglia
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Sussex
University of the West of England
University of York
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Edge Hill College of HE
MATHEMATICS
Bradford and Ilkley Community College
Bromley Schools' Collegiate
Brunel University
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
Chester College
College of St Mark and St John
De Montfort University
Edge Hill College of HE
Homerton College
Keele University
King's College
Liverpool Hope
Oxford Brookes University
Roehampton Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
St Martin's College
St Mary's College
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Durham
University of East Anglia
University of Exeter
University of Huddersfield
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Plymouth
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Sunderland
University of Warwick
University of York
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Anglia Polytechnic University
Bromley Schools' Collegiate
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
Goldsmiths College
Keele University
King's College
Kingston University
Liverpool Hope
Manchester Metropolitan University
Mid-Essex SCITT Consortium
Oxford Brookes University
Roehampton Institute
St Martin's College
Trinity and All Saints College
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Hull
University of Liverpool
University of Newcastle
University of North London
University of Nottingham
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Sussex
University of Warwick
University of York
Westminster College
MUSIC
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Homerton College
Kingston University
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Central England
University of Leeds
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Reading
University of Sussex
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Chester College
De Montfort University
University College Chichester
University of Brighton
University of Durham
University of Exeter
PRIMARY TEACHING
Brunel University
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
College of Ripon and York St John
College of St Mark and St John
De Montfort University
Goldsmiths College
Keele University
Liverpool Hope
North Riding College
Nottingham Trent University
Oxfordshire Consortium
Roehampton Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
South Bank University
St Martin's College
University College Chichester
University College Northampton
University College Worcester
University of Brighton
University of Central England
University of Greenwich
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
University of Leicester
University of London, Institute of Education
University of Manchester
University of Northumbria
University of Plymouth
University of Sunderland
University of Sussex
University of the West of England
Westhill College
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Bath Spa University College
Brunel University
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
College of St Mark and St John
King's College
Liverpool Hope
Manchester Metropolitan University
Roehampton Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
Trinity and All Saints College
University of Birmingham
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Durham
University of Hull
University of Leeds
University of Newcastle
SCIENCE
Bath Spa University College
Brunel University
Canterbury Christ Church University College
Cheltenham and Gloucester College
College of St Mark and St John
Goldsmiths College
Keele University
King's College
Manchester Metropolitan University

Source: Teacher Training Agency




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