The TES is reporting on government statistics that show more than one in four would-be physics teachers dropped out of their course or could not find jobs last year – despite receiving scholarships or bursaries of up to £25,000.
Of the 536 trainees eligible for bursaries who began postgraduate teacher training in 2014, 441 were awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) and 380 were in a teaching post six months after completing their training, according to Department for Education data, published today.
This means that 29 per cent of those who started training with physics bursaries were not working in the classroom six months after they were expected to have finished their course.
In total 3,197 (19 per cent) of the 17,006 trainees who were eligible for a bursary in 2014-15, in both secondary subjects and primary, were not in a teaching post six months later.
The data shows that 1,462 of these trainees did not gain QTS. Of the remaining 1,735 trainees who were not in a teaching post, just 330 said they were looking for a job as a teacher.
Physics was one of four bursary subjects in which more than one in 10 trainees did not gain QTS, with 18 per cent dropping out during training. 12 per cent of trainee maths teachers and 11 per cent of chemistry and computing trainees also did not complete the course.
You can read the full report here:SFR31_2016_Text
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