According to Daily Mail, hundreds of teachers are struggling with spelling, numeracy and the basics of their subjects, reports by school inspectors suggest.
Analysis of Ofsted ratings shows many make mistakes during lessons or when marking work, leaving children confused.
Other cases involved teachers displaying ‘weak subject knowledge’ and offering ‘muddled and confusing explanations’.
The findings show most mistakes are taking place at primaries, when children are learning the basics of core subjects such as English, maths and science.
The findings come from analysis of 280 schools inspected by Ofsted over the past few years and graded ‘inadequate’ for teaching.
This year at Dormers Wells Infants in Southall, west London, teachers had ‘weak subject knowledge’ which led to ‘misconceptions in pupils’.
Last year at Edenbridge Primary in Kent, Ofsted said: ‘Some teachers’ subject knowledge is poor. At times, they offer pupils muddled and confusing explanations of concepts in mathematics and English grammar’.
School standards minister Nick Gibb said: ‘We are confident in the quality of our teachers and their teaching. As part of initial teacher training, all teachers must pass tests in numeracy and literacy to achieve qualified teacher status.’
When approached for comment, many of the schools said they now have new leadership teams which have made improvements since the inspections were carried out.
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