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THOUSANDS of budding teachers never make it into the classroom, according to new research published yesterday.

Many fail to finish training courses, while others struggle to find teaching jobs, it was suggested.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2012 also reveals that high numbers of maths, science and languages teachers do not have good degrees in their subject.

Researchers at Buckingham University’s Centre for Education and Employment Research analysed official data on teacher training for the 2010/11 academic year, looking at where trainees study, the numbers entering the profession and the types of qualifications they hold.

The findings show that in 2010/11, 70.4 per cent of 37,734 teacher trainees were in teaching posts the following January.

This means that around 11,000 did not enter the profession.

Of those that did become teachers, 60.6 per cent went to work in state schools, 4.9 per cent found jobs in private schools and 4.9 per cent were in teaching, although the sector was unknown.