The Department for Education does not have teacher recruitment targets – individual schools and academy trusts are responsible for recruiting the teachers they need. At the time of the last census; vacancy rates were just 0.2% of the total number of teachers in schools.
The total number of trainee physics teachers is published each year in the ‘Initial Teacher Training: Trainee Number Census’ statistical series by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and is published online at:
The total number of secondary school teachers teaching physics (to year groups 7 to 13) is published each year in the ‘School Workforce in England’ statistical series published online at:
However, there is no information available to show how many newly recruited physics teachers are teaching in secondary schools.