Unqualified teachers are educating in the classroom


Statistics published by the Department for Education show that hundreds of trainee teachers who failed to qualify are taking lessons in the classroom.

Headteachers say this shows signs of teacher shortages emerging as the economy offers alternative employment prospects.

The statistics show that 328 trainees who did not achieve Qualified Teacher Status were working in teaching – 44 per cent of them as non-specialist primary school teachers.

In addition, more than 2,000 of those who qualified were not in teaching jobs six months after qualifying – with 1,048 saying they had decided not to work in the profession.

However, the Department for Education said the number of teachers without Qualified Status had fallen in the past four years and the overall quality of teaching improved with a record 74 per cent now holding a 2:1 degree or better.

A DfE spokesman said: "We believe that it is headteachers who are best placed to decide who to employ in their classrooms. It is only right that they should have the choice of complementing their teaching staff by bringing in experts from the world of science, literature and art to enrich pupils’ learning.”

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, said: "This policy is damaging school standards and is more evidence that the Tories have gone soft on standards.”

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, added: "Schools might want to employ qualified teachers but you can’t have empty classrooms."

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