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Survey suggests concern over trainee teacher fees

04 Apr 2007

Survey suggests concern over trainee teacher fees A survey from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has suggested that of its nearly 2,770 members, 44 per cent would have been less likely to pursue teacher training if they had been required to pay £3,000 a year tuition, the Guardian reports.

New top-up fees were introduced for four-year bachelor of education courses and one-year postgraduate certificates in education last autumn and there are concerns over a rising debt problem.

The ATL survey showed that more than a third of student teachers are taking on paid work to supplement their study and nine out of ten claimed it affected their energy levels.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, told the Guardian: "If fees rise, there is a very real danger that many from less affluent backgrounds will not feel confident pursuing the career they choose.

"This surely cannot be the intention of a government which constantly talks about the importance of education."

The Training and Development Agency for Schools said students can apply for loans and grants available to other students, as well as applying for bursaries and in some subjects for certain schools.

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