The proportion of teachers not employed in state schools 16 months after qualifying has risen above one in five, new provisional figures show.
Department for Education Initial Teacher Training Profile statistics estimate that 79 per cent of postgraduate trainees awarded qualified teacher status will be employed in a state-funded school in England within 16 months.
It’s the first time the figure has dropped below 80 per cent – and is down from the 83 per cent recorded in 2016-17.
But there is also some better news for the government’s recent teacher recruitment and retention woes.
New UCAS figures show between June 15 and July 20 there were 91 per cent more applications to teacher training compared to the same period last year.
It continues a surge seen in previous months – meaning that up to July 20, teacher training…