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UCU comment on Public Accounts Committee teacher training report

10 June 2016

UCU said today that the government's proposed teacher training reforms will cause greater problems for teacher recruitment.

The union was responding to a new report on teacher training from the Public Accounts Committee, which highlights consistent problems in recruiting teachers to key subject areas.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: 'This report reinforces our concerns about the government's planned teacher training reforms. Shifting teacher training places from universities to schools has already led to serious recruitment shortfalls in key areas. Too many students are now being taught by unqualified, non-specialist teachers. These problems will only get worse if the government pushes ahead with its plans to extend school-based teacher training.'