Nine out of 10 parents think all teachers should be qualified, survey reveals

The TES, in its report on a new NASUWT survey, says more than nine out of 10 parents believe students should not be taught be unqualified teachers…

Out of more than 1,000 parents surveyed by the NASUWT union, 95 per cent said it was important that children are taught by “professionally qualified” members of staff.

In 2012, the Department for Education announced that academies were free to appoint teachers without Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This would, the DfE said at the time, allow then to employ professionals “who may be extremely well-qualified and are excellent teachers, but do not have QTS status”.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said today’s survey results were a “damning indictment of the Coalition’s decision”.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, who has vowed to restore the QTS requirement, said the move was “damaging school standards”…

More at: Nine out of 10 parents think all teachers should be qualified, survey reveals


See also: ‘Few parents check league tables when choosing schools’


Does this suggest Tristram Hunt and Labour are very much on the side of popular parental opinion on this issue? How important do you think it could be in the upcoming election? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Not saying this shouldn’t be the case, but would be interested to know why parents thought that or whether they just clicked

  2. KipBelvedere

    SchoolsImprove Only 90%? Sad that the remainder place no importance on their children’s future. All teachers should be fully qualified.

  3. tuitionneath

    SchoolsImprove hmm. In my experience of hiring ‘tutors’ sometimes the ‘qualified’ teachers aren’t the ‘best teachers’ tbh.

  4. Janet2

    DfE research found 90% of parents were satisfied with their children’s schools.  Unsurprisingly, this finding wasn’t publicised by the DfE.  But you can read about it here:

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