The Independent, in its take of the latest teacher recruitment figures, is reporting that more than one in five secondary school maths lessons is now taught by a teacher without a degree in the subject…
Teacher-recruitment problems in maths, as well as in English and science, have led to increasing numbers of classes being taught by staff without relevant university qualifications, according to statistics released by the Department for Education.
The figures show that 20.2 per cent of maths lessons were taught by a teacher without a relevant degree, up from 17.3 per cent in 2013. In English, around one in six lessons (17 per cent) were taught by a non-specialist, up from 15.2 per cent the previous year. In science, nearly one in seven lessons (13.6 per cent) were taught by someone without a relevant degree against 14.8 per cent in 2013.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that headteachers were forced to get non-specialists to deliver key subjects because it was increasingly difficult for them to recruit teachers with relevant degrees, particularly in maths and science.
“These figures confirm our fears,” he said. “We are very concerned about the situation. It is very serious and it is acting as a barrier to the Government achieving its ambitions. Much more needs to be done to attract people into the teaching profession, particularly in these shortage subjects.”
The figures also showed that nearly one in 20 teachers (4.5 per cent) does not have a teaching qualification, up from 3.7 per cent the previous year…
Separating for a moment the two situations described here – teachers without degrees in the subject they teach and those without a teaching qualifications – and focussing on the former, how much of an issue do you think this is?
How important is it for a teacher to have a degree in the subject they are teaching?
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