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APPLICATIONS FROM WOULD-BE PRIMARY TEACHERS DOWN 27%

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New figures show that applications for primary school teacher training courses have fallen by more than a quarter t...
New figures show that applications for primary school teacher training courses have fallen by more than a quarter this year.

The Guardian (p7) reports that the latest figures from the graduate teacher training registry show applications so far this academic year from people seeking places on primary post-graduate courses are 27% below the same time last year - 3,880, down from 5,423.

Not only are the application figures the lowest for at least six years, but they also represent a fall of 50% from the all-time high of 1995, when they were running at 8,212.

John Howson, of Education Data Surveys, who compiled the figures, believes that the government's recent introduction of tuition fees and loans at undergraduate level makes a fourth year of full-time study unattractive for would-be trainees.

The prospects also look bleak at secondary level, where the government's 'golden hellos' have apparently failed to make their mark. Separate figures show that maths applications so far are down by 20% and chemistry ones by 27%.
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