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Recruitment crisis leaves millions for initial teacher training incentives unspent

Cost of programmes run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership falls by £95 million
The teacher recruitment crisis has left millions of pounds earmarked for initial teacher training unspent this year, a new DfE document reveals. 
The news provides more evidence of the extent of the teacher recruitment crisis.
Last month, Ucas figures revealed that the number of applicants for teacher training courses was 29 per cent lower than at the same time in 2017. Last week, a senior Department for Education official described the teacher supply challenge as “very severe”.
Now, a new DfE document has revealed the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is expected to spend £95 million less than planned on programmes this year, with much of this blamed on a shortfall in teacher training applicants.
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