Inquiries for teacher training soar by 23 per cent

PUBLISHED: 11:33 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

TEACHER training inquiries in Herts have risen by 23 per cent in the last six months. New statistics from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) show a 23 per cent increase in the county compared to the same period the previous year. The fi

TEACHER training inquiries in Herts have risen by 23 per cent in the last six months.

New statistics from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) show a 23 per cent increase in the county compared to the same period the previous year.

The figures have been released at the same time that it has been revealed that applications for teacher training courses in England have risen by 10 per cent between December 1 last year and February 3 this year.

There has been a large increase in applications to teach science and maths, both of which traditionally attract fewer applicants.

Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: "It's fantastic to see a growing appetite for teaching from Hertfordshire jobseekers."

He advised anyone interested in teacher recruitment to sign up for the flagship event Train to Teach at the Science Museum in London on Friday and Saturday this week by going to www.teach.gov.uk/traintoteach

He added: "We urge anyone who has an interest in teaching to come along to Train to Teach where you can speak to real teachers and training providers in your area. You could then be ready to start your initial teacher training as early as this September."

Schools in the St Albans district have experienced teaching recruitment problems for many years which they put down largely to the high cost of housing in the area.

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