Data set from Initial Teacher Training Census

1) ITT new entrants, recruitment targets and trainee characteristics by subject

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This national level table contains the number of postgraduate and undergraduate new entrants to ITT by subject, as well as performance against ITT recruitment targets and trainee characteristics for postgraduates. The data in this table covers 2019/20(revised), 2020/21 (revised), 2021/22 (revised), 2022/23 (revised) and 2023/24 (provisional).

Data set details

Teachers and school workforce
Initial Teacher Training Census
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Postgraduate total new entrants to ITT
  • Undergraduate total new entrants to ITT
  • ITT recruitment target
  • ITT subject
Time period
2019/20 to 2023/24

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandArt & Design413066862643481413173897413158404942
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandBiology1937911921636321300519371001712691881336705914
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandBusiness Studies18503485397880185516515185524803898
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandChemistry770311526734043007704165543739445606896
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandClassics71028254244617113571713465118801

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 19 variables
Variable nameVariable description
eea_national_postgraduatesEEA national postgraduates
eea_national_postgraduates_percentageEEA national postgraduates percentage
female_postgraduatesFemale postgraduates
female_postgraduates_percentageFemale postgraduates percentage
itt_recruitment_targetITT recruitment target


  1. STEM Subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics and Physics.
  2. Business studies: includes economics
  3. Design & Technology: includes food technology and engineering.
  4. EEA National: here relates to individuals with a European Union, European Economic Area or included in the single market- this includes Swiss nationality. The UK is not included in these figures.
  5. The Teacher Workforce Model (TWM) is used by DfE to set postgraduate ITT targets
  6. Other: includes media and communication studies, social studies, and psychology.
  7. Physical Education: includes dance.
  8. Subject: The subject given here is ITT subject and may not be the same as the subject of the undergraduate degree held.
  9. Data was extracted on 21 November 2023.
  10. Figures for 2023/24 are provisional and are subject to change. Figures for 2022/23 and all previous years have been revised.
  11. Troops to Teachers are excluded from all figures prior to 2021/22.
  12. Total Ebacc: EBacc here includes English, mathematics, modern foreign languages, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, computing and classics. Trainees on the 'PE with Ebacc' programme are not included.
  13. Sex other: Sex was previously reported as gender. This has been updated as it was previously mislabelled. From 2021/22, trainees who chose not to provide data on sex have been included in an 'unknown' category. Prior to this they were included in 'other'.
  14. Data from 2021/22 does not contain forecast trainees, this is due to a change in data collection methodology. 
  15. Warning: percentages have been rounded and therefore may not sum to 100%.
  16. Undergraduate: The majority of undergraduate provision is offered by higher education institutions.
  17. Proportions exclude trainees where information was not supplied, or where characteristics/information were reported as ‘unknown’.
  18. For 2023/24 only, three providers submitted data with very high numbers of trainees with other sex. These have been recoded as unknown sex while we investigate this with providers.
  19. Other contains Citizenship trainees. There were 40 Citizenship trainees in 2022/23 and 23 in 2023/24.

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