Unqualified teachers to become a thing of ther past


The number of unqualified teachers in free schools and academies has gone up from 2,200 in 2010 to 5,300 last year, according to Education Department figures, although the overall number of unqualified teachers in the state sector as a whole has fallen.

In a recent speech, Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said free schools and academies must only employ professionally qualified teachers. Unqualified teachers currently working in schools would not be sacked under his proposals, but would instead be given the opportunity to seek qualifications while teaching.

He said the rules would not apply to private schools, which also employ teachers without professional qualifications, because 'you pay your fees and you take your choice', but children using taxpayer-funded schools had a right to expect basic standards.

He said at a speech in an east London school: "I am totally unapologetic for believing that, as we continue to build a new type of state funded school system - in which parents are presented with a dizzying range of independent, autonomous schools, each with its own different specialism, ethos or mission - parents can make their choice safe in the knowledge that there are certain safeguards."

Meanwhile, Labour announced that it will call a vote on introducing measures that mean all teachers must be qualified.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said: "The quality of teaching makes the biggest difference to learning."

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