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Information about students training to become teachers on courses of initial teacher education (ITE) that lead to qualified teacher status for September 2018 to August 2019.

No data in this update covers the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The total number of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) entrants in Wales has dropped to 1,065 for 2018/19 continuing the downward trend for primary level ITE since 2013/14 and for secondary level ITE since 2009/10. The target for primary level ITE entrants has continued to be missed since 2014/15, whereas the target for secondary level ITE entrants has continued to be missed since 2013/14.

Main points

The number of new secondary school trainee teachers was 44% lower than the target figure in 2018/19. The number of new primary school trainees was below the target for a fourth year (22% lower in 2018/19).

There were 1,065 entrants to ITE courses in 2018/19; 585 on primary school courses and 480 on secondary school courses.

There has been a fall in first year ITE students in Wales able to teach in Welsh for the fifth consecutive year, standing at 175 students in 2018/19. This accounts for 16% of the total number of first year ITE students in Wales.

Science, Mathematics and PE are the most common subjects for entrants to secondary school ITE courses in Wales.

Almost 9 out of every 10 new ITE students training in Wales were living in Wales before they started their degree.


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