More and more people becoming teachers
There was a peak in aspiring teachers with a record number of places up three percent accepted onto their preferred course according to recent statistics released by UCAS. The statistics reported core numbers of applications and applicants at scheduled points in the application cycle in 2017. As of September 2017 fifty, nine percent of applicants had a place on a teacher training course compared to fifty-six percent who applied in 2016. Applicants for teacher training benefited from the recent change in the national limit that had been placed on numbers universities had, thus giving training providers more control in numbers of applicants they take on. The report saw a rise in primary teacher applications but a drop in secondary teacher applications.
Early figures for applications this year show the number of applications is now down a whopping nineteen percent. The Department for Education has asked training providers to urgently rethink applications from rejected candidates. Teacher trainers say students are dissuaded from this career due to high tuition fees and called for tuition fees to be waived. Graduates now leave university having accumulated nine thousand pounds of tuition fees plus maintenance loan debts the fear of getting into to debt is putting many people off. Drastic action needs to be taken to meet the increasing demand for teachers and attract more to the industry.