12 July 2001

Q21 Alison Halford:

Would the Minister make a statement on teacher recruitment in north Wales? (OAQ12505)

Jane Davidson:

There is no evidence in Wales as a whole or in north Wales that schools generally face significant and immediate recruitment difficulties. Teacher vacancies in Wales remain low. In January 2001, there were just 99 teacher vacancies, which constitutes a vacancy rate of 0.4 per cent.

We are not complacent, however. We are offering incentives for initial teacher training courses where we have had difficulty recruiting, and these are having an effect. Latest figures show a 25 per cent rise in applications compared with this time last year.

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