This report by Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson of Buckingham University reveals that twice as many teachers are trained as schools actually need because thousands with poor academic qualifications drop out before making it to the classroom. Four out of 10 trainees in 2007/08 were not teaching in state schools six months after leaving university. Drop-out rates were highest among teachers who began training with poor A-level or degree qualifications. The report also raised concerns over the wastage rate from teaching courses, likely to be costing taxpayers tens of millions of pounds a year in wasted tuition and student support costs.
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