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University responds to shortage in trainee teachers

Released: 24.08.15

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The University of St Mark & St John, England’s most established teacher training college, has responded to a national fall in the number of people applying to teaching related-courses by offering a package of incentives to potential applicants.  

Students who have not yet applied to courses commencing in September 2015, will be guaranteed an interview for a teacher training programme and are invited to discuss the range of available options and programmes with one of the University’s advisers. Current course options include:

  • BEd Primary Education with QTS status
  • BEd Primary Education (Early Years) with QTS status
  • BEd Physical Education (Secondary Education) with QTS status

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Cara Aitchison said: “This year fewer people are applying for education and teacher training courses at UK universities and there is a danger that this could lead to a shortage of teachers. This comes at a time when the country is experiencing a rise in the number of schoolchildren as a result of an increase in both the birth rate and levels of immigration. This is likely to increase the demand for teachers.”

Professor Aitchison continued: “Our teacher training programmes are rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in leadership and management. In this year’s National Student Survey our BEd Primary Education (Early Years) received 100% Student Satisfaction and our BEd Physical Education received 94%, both well above the national average of 86%, making us an obvious  choice when embarking on a career in teaching.”

In recognition of the University’s outstanding employability rates for teaching programmes Pete Nash, CEO at Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) outlined his support for the initiative: “This is a real opportunity to attract the very best trainees to our city and help them develop into outstanding teachers.”

The University also offers a range of other education-based courses, including degrees in Education Studies, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education and Children and Young People.

For further information contact our Admissions Team today on 01752 636890 or email us at

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