The results of the annual Initial Teacher Training Census have been released, and they don’t paint a pretty picture. Figures for the academic year of 2018-2019, England, indicate that recruitment for specialist physics teachers has fallen yet again and is performing comparably worse than recruitment for other subjects.
For instance, in contrast to Biology which recruited 153% of its target, Physics only recruited 47%.
In addition, the ITT Census figures also indicate that Physics has the 2nd highest percentage of non-UK national trainees after Modern Foreign Languages.
Considered alongside the fact that physics teachers are more likely to leave teaching careers, in part because of better pay and conditions in