Number of teachers with specialist knowledge drops

The Telegraph is reporting that new figures are showing that the number of teachers with specialist subjects are dropping. 

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) showed almost one in four physics teachers hold no relevant post A-level qualification in the subject they teach. Nearly three in ten maths teachers lack a relevant similar qualification and roughly the same figure applies to chemistry teachers, the data revealed.

Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education said: “Teacher subject expertise is the bedrock on which pupil progress is built and on which educational attainment relies.

“Sadly, it hugely undervalued in teacher training. The status of ‘qualified teacher’ does not relate to subject knowledge but to knowledge of teaching methodologies and ideologies that underpin our educational under-performance but are deemed politically correct and, therefore, necessary.

“Few parents realise that their child’s ‘qualified’ teacher may not be qualified beyond A-Level or GCSE in the subject they are teaching.

“If we wish to raise educational attainment and compete with the best education system around the world we need to put subject knowledge is at the heart of teacher training.”

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  1. AlfredoNokez1

    SchoolsImprove Specialised subject knowledge is not under-valued at all! It’s needs must..The specialists e.g. Physicists just don’t exist!

  2. Mktadvice4schls

    SchoolsImprove bit sneery from CRE. Recruitment and retention are massive issues in STEM; it’s nothing to do with what QTS means!

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