This report provides information about students training to become teachers on courses of initial teacher education that lead to qualified teacher status for September 2016 to August 2017.


A chart showing decreasing numbers of first year students on Initial Teacher Education courses in Wales. From 2009/10 numbers for primary and secondary teachers are close to their targets but in 2014/15 secondary school teachers drop steeply below the target and in 2015/16 primary school teachers begin to fall below their target.

Key points

  • The number of new secondary school trainee teachers missed the target by over a third in 2016/17. The number of new primary school trainees stayed slightly below the target for a second year.
  • The target for primary courses was 750, but only 700 students enrolled. The target for secondary courses was 871, but only 545 students enrolled.
  • There has been a small fall in students able to teach in Welsh, which is at its lowest point since 2008/09.
  • Science, Maths and English are the most common subjects for entrants to secondary school ITE courses.
  • 9 out of every 10 new ITE students training in Wales were living in Wales before they started their degree.
  • There were more than double as many females as males starting to train as teachers in Wales in 2016/17.

Reports

Initial teacher education, September 2016 to August 2017
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Initial teacher education, September 2016 to August 2017: infographic
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