The Department for Education (the Department) is responsible for the supply of sufficient numbers of new teachers to publicly-funded schools in England. It also aims to raise the quality of the teaching profession and give teachers and headteachers greater professional autonomy and responsibility for recruitment and training. Its executive agency, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the National College), is responsible for allocating places to training providers, distributing grants to providers and trainee bursaries, accrediting providers and overseeing the market of training providers. Some 455,000 teachers work in the state funded sector in England. Of the 44,900 teachers entering state-funded schools in 2014, 23,900 (53%) were newly qualified. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16, the Department and the National College increased the number of routes into teaching for prospective trainees from four to eight, with an overall policy objective to expand school-led training. In line with policy, they expanded the number of school-centred providers from 56 to 155, while continuing to involve universities in the training of new teachers. They also grew the number of schools leading the new school-led route, School Direct, from zero to over 800. The cost to central government and schools of training new teachers is around £700 million each year.
2 June 2016