The Daily Mail reports that more than a quarter of teachers in many key subjects do not have a relevant degree in their field – and the problem is getting worse, research suggests.
Some 37.5 per cent of physics teachers do not have any post-A-Level qualification in the science, despite thousands of children relying on them to help them pass exams.
A recruitment crisis in the secondary school sector has seen this figure rise by 4 percentage points in two years. There are also shortages of chemistry and maths teachers with relevant qualifications, according to analysis by school recruitment experts TeachVac.
Some 27.1 per cent of chemistry teachers and 26.3 per cent of maths teachers do not have a degree in the subject.
That is on top of shortages in English, history, geography and French and other languages.
Lib Dem education spokesman John Pugh said: ‘Parents should be aghast at this as will most teachers, as their job is a profession.”
“The Government need to get a grip on this crisis. We need to stop allowing schools to be able to grab virtually anyone off the street and allow them to teach anything from physics to advanced maths.”
Last night the National Union of Teachers said that, according to its own survey, 68 per cent of staff said that in the past year the number of professionals teaching subjects they were not qualified in had increased.
Kevin Courtney, the union’s general secretary, said: ‘This is happening as a result of a combination of the school funding crisis and a teacher recruitment crisis.’
A Department for Education spokesman said the proportion of all teachers with a degree in any subject had increased by 3 per cent since 2010.
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