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The teacher training system in England is wasteful because large numbers of those who qualify do not go into state teaching posts, says a new report. Of those teachers who qualified in summer 2010, only 62 per cent were teaching in state schools in the following January, with a further five per cent in independent schools and four per cent in “other” education posts.

These are the findings of the annual review of teacher training by the Centre for Education and Employment Research which is published as The Good Teacher Training Guide 2011.

Written by Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson of the University of Buckingham, the report reveals that trainees on school-led schemes were much more likely to go into teaching than those trained at universities. However, despite Government initiatives to promote school-led training over the past decade, 79 per cent of teachers are still trained in universities and university colleges, which tend to have the higher entry qualifications and get the better Ofsted grades.

“It is no good having excellent entrants and outstanding inspection grades if the trainees do not go into teaching”, said Professor Smithers.


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