Research and analysis

Shortage subject teaching candidates: journey to teacher training

Four reports on the journey to teacher training, looking specifically at the experiences of shortage subject candidates.


This research was commissioned to develop our understanding of the journey to teacher training – looking specifically at shortage subjects including the:

  • triggers of interest in teaching
  • way candidates progress from interest to making an application
  • types of barriers and challenges encountered on the journey

The research was conducted to ensure that barriers and challenges can be addressed as part of our initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment strategy, and to help inform our marketing strategy in order that it meets its targets in creating new ITT trainees.