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Teacher numbers reach record levels

11/04/2014 Joanna
New statistics reveal more people are doing teaching jobs than ever before, with the career quickly becoming the top choice for new graduates.

This is according to Department for Education (DfE) figures, which show that there were 451,000 full-time equivalent teachers in England in November 2013 - a rise of 9,100 on the previous year. The DfE says this is a record number.

Educators are also becoming better-qualified, the statistics reveal. Some 96 per cent of teachers now have a degree or postgraduate qualification, which is another record figure. 

In 2010, 61 per cent of teachers had a 2.1 degree or above, whereas now the figure is 74 per cent.

The teacher vacancy rate remains very low, with just 750 vacancies across the country - 0.2 per cent of the total workforce.

According to the figures, the majority of teachers are female and white British, but the ethnic diversity of the workforce has increased slightly since 2012.

A DfE spokesman said: "There has never been a better time to be a teacher and today's figures show there have never been more people teaching in England's classrooms. 

"More top graduates are coming into teaching than ever before and a record 96 per cent of teachers now hold a degree."

He went on to say that the government's reforms are "putting teachers in the driving seat", stopping politicians from interfering with their work and giving them more power over what goes on in the classroom.

The spokesman added that the reforms benefit parents as well as teachers, because educators are able to focus on securing the best results for children.

Reforms to teacher training are currently underway to attract more high-quality candidates. The quality of initial teacher training is to be improved, while school-based training is to be expanded. 

In addition, bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 are being offered by the DfE in priority subjects such as maths, physics and modern languages. 

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