Changes to teacher training in England may mean a shortage of recruits, especially those teaching science and maths.

From September about a quarter of the funding for teacher training will shift from universities to schools. This will be through the government’s School Direct training scheme which is a training route which offers graduates the chance to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS).

The government wants 10,000 new teachers to be trained through School Direct from September. The idea is to give heads more control over training and guarantee a more realistic experience for recruits as they train in the work environment.

But fewer than half this number have been accepted onto the scheme, a study suggests, amid complaints from schools about the quality of applicants.

The shortage of teaching recruits is particularly evident in science and maths departments. A month ago less than a quarter of training places in chemistry were shown to be filled.

Leading teacher recruitment expert Prof John Howson of Oxford Brookes University has warned that the transfer of funding away from university teacher training departments is likely to mean fewer new teachers trained by the traditional route.

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