The Telegraph is reporting research that claims thousands of students are being trained as teachers despite leaving university with poor degrees…
More than a third of would-be teachers failed to gain at least a 2:1 and almost one-in-10 entered courses with a third-class degree or worse, it emerged.
The study found that vital subjects such as maths, science and computing were most likely to be taught by graduates with low-level qualifications.
Researchers found that around 45 per cent of those training to teach science had degrees no higher than a 2:2.
Among maths trainees, some 40 per cent achieved a 2:2 or worse and 14.6 per cent failed to hold a degree higher than a third.
These are the areas “where arguably subject expertise as measured by degree class is especially important”, the report said.
The disclosure comes despite a Coalition plan to cut back funding for trainees failing to gain at least a 2:2 in a move designed to turn teaching into a “brazenly elitist” profession.
Today’s report by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University found that overall standards of qualifications among trainees had increased dramatically since the late 90s.
In 1998, fewer than half of those training to work in primary schools had at least a 2:1 compared with just over two-thirds of those taking part in 2011/12. In secondary schools, the proportion rose from 46 to 61 per cent.
But the study – based on an analysis of around 36,000 trainees – found that the increase coincided with a general rise in degree grades among all graduates nationally over the same period.
The research also revealed that:
• Just 18 per cent of new primary school teachers are men despite concerns over a lack of good role models for young boys, although the proportion is up from the 14 per cent registered in the late 90s;
• A quarter of those with training places were not in teaching six months after the end of the course, with 10.6 per cent failing to pass and 14.7 per cent failing to find a job;
• Teachers were more likely to find a job after being trained directly in schools – the Government’s favoured system – rather than through traditional university-based routes…
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