Increase in postgrad teaching applications as supply of talent is short

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The number of applications from students applying for teaching courses at postgraduate level has increased amid concerns of a crisis in the supply of qualified teachers. The level of interest in teaching postgrads has been declining steadily in recent years, with entries down from just under 3,000 in 2011 to 1,068 in 2017.

However, early statistics suggest there are about more than 1,300 applications to university postgraduate courses for 2018, the first increase in several years. The upturn in applications will be welcomed by those in the sector although concerns remain that shortages in key teaching areas such as Irish, science, languages and maths will continue.

Secondary schools are facing severe shortages of teachers with training in these subjects.

Some good news for those in the education sector!


Kevin Branigan

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