23rd January 2013
Shortage of Information Technology teachers threatens as training applications down nearly 60%
Syscap say dedicated technology recruiting drive would
help with transformation of curriculum
A shortage of Information Technology teachers could be looming
as applications for training courses to teach the subject have
fallen by 58.4%, says Syscap, a leading independent finance
provider to the education sector.
The latest figures show that applications to the Graduate
Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) for training courses to teach
Information Technology have fallen far further than the total
number of applications for secondary school teacher training
Just 71 applications have been received so far this year to
train to become an Information Technology teacher, accounting for
only 0.6% of all applications for secondary school teaching
courses. The total number of secondary school teacher
training course applications received so far this year was 12,913,
down by 11.5% on January 2011.
Syscap points out that since the GTTR does not impose a hard
deadline for secondary school teacher training applications, there
is still time for IT and computing graduates to apply for teaching
courses starting in September.
Syscap says that changes in the Government's policy on the
teaching of IT and technology in schools may be encouraging some
prospective teachers to take a wait-and-see approach to their
Philip White, Chief Executive of Syscap says: "The Government
announced a major overhaul of IT teaching in schools last
year. That could be making computing graduates hesitate to
apply for teacher training courses until they know more about the
future shape of computing in schools."
"In fact there has perhaps never been a more important time for
new IT graduates to join the profession, as the Government is
abandoning a rigid central curriculum with the aim of helping the
teaching of computing keep pace with technology changes and with
"A new computing graduate with up-to-date skills and knowledge
could have the scope to re-shape the way that the subject is taught
from day one in the job."
Syscap points out that well-publicised bursaries to train to
teach certain subjects, for example 100 scholarships of £20,000 for
physics graduates, have had a positive effect on applications to
several individual subjects. Applications for training
courses to teach languages, chemistry and physics are all up this
year compared to last, by as much as 25.9% for languages.
Philip White adds: "Big initiatives such as advertising
campaigns and bursaries for graduates in key subjects seem to have
had a very positive impact on recruitment to individual subjects,
so it is disappointing to see Information Technology attract so few
applicants this year."
"But with applications still open, there is still time for that
to change. It would be great to see a major drive from the
Department of Education to promote and fund the teaching of
computing in schools and encourage an influx of new blood into the
profession to reinvigorate the subject."