Valerie asks about Science Teacher recruitment at Education Questions

At Education Questions on Monday 30 November 2015, I asked about the shortfall in the recruitment of science teachers.

I asked:

“UCAS have reported a shortfall in trainee teachers for Chemistry and Physics. What bold steps is the Minister going to take to ensure that young people are taught by qualified teachers in STEM subjects?”

The Minister responded:

“We have introduced very generous bursaries up to £30,000 for top graduates in Physics to come into teaching. If you look at this year’s recruitment into teacher training compared with last year, in Physics we have recruited 746 graduates compared to 637 last year and in Mathematics we have recruited 2,407 graduates compared with 2,170 last year. There’s more to do but we are moving in the right direction.”