The Cambridge Network is reporting that more than twice as many women (19,025) as men (8,775) were placed on postgraduate teacher training courses through UCAS last year, the admissions service reports. The figures mean that for every man who entered the profession two women did so.
These differences mostly arise because twice as many women (31,215) as men (15,885) apply to be teachers, UCAS said.
In total, 27,800 people were accepted through the UCAS Teacher Training scheme last year, a rise of 7% on 2014, although applicant numbers fell by 6% to 47,100.
Graduates from the least advantaged backgrounds are the most likely to apply to postgraduate teacher training. However, as the gap between rich and poor is already large at undergraduate level, there are over twice as many teacher training applicants from the most advantaged areas as the least.
UCAS Teacher Training has been running for two years, and is the second largest scheme UCAS operates, after the full-time undergraduate admissions service.
Other routes into teacher training exist across these countries, including undergraduate degrees with QTS, Teach First, and Troops to Teachers. Applications for these courses are not managed through the UCAS Teacher Training scheme and are not included in this analysis.
What do you make of the high number of women on postgraduate teacher training courses? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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