Each year some 35,000 people start training for qualified teacher status. The Department for Education aims to assure the supply of new teachers, to raise the quality of teaching and to give teachers and head teachers greater professional autonomy and responsibility over recruitment and training. Government spends approximately £700 million a year training new teachers. The Public Accounts Committee will examine whether the Department’s arrangements to train new teachers are value for money. It will consider whether the system produces sufficient numbers of new teachers of the right quality for schools and whether the Department has effective oversight of the market of initial teacher training providers. Evidence would be welcomed from all types of teacher (primary and secondary), so that the Committee can hear from an audience of teachers who have trained through a variety of routes. Please share your thoughts to the following questions by 10am on Thursday 3 March. Questions What challenges are there in attracting people to start training as teachers? What have been the impact of changes to initial teacher training, such as the increasing number of school-led routes? How easy is it for potential teachers to make an informed choice about the range of teacher training options available?