||<p>The Department does not publish data on the number of applicants to Initial Teacher
Training. UCAS, who own this data, does release figures for applications to School
Direct but not applicants, and an applicant can have up to three applications. The
data is available at:</p><p><a href="https://www.ucas.com/corporate/data-and-analysis/ucas-teacher-training-releases"
</p><p>There were a total of 10,629 trainees on a School Direct course in 2016/17,
and further details of how this breaks down can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-training-trainee-number-census-2016-to-2017"
trainees were recruited through 818 School Direct partnerships, each of which is formed
of a minimum of five schools. We are unable to say how many schools are involved because
some trainees do multiple placements during the year.</p><p> </p><p>The total cost
of the scheme to the department for 2016 will not be available until after the end
of the academic year when data submissions will be finalised and subsequently validated.</p>