‘Shocking’ rise in number of London children taught by unqualified teachers

The Evening Standard is reporting that Labour has condemned as “shocking” a big rise in the number of London children being taught by unqualified teachers…

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claimed that improvements to London schools over the past decade were being put at risk by the 26 per cent increase.

Official figures say there are now 4,380 teachers without an education qualification in the capital’s schools, which is a rise of 900 in a year. Around one in 15 London teachers lack qualified status.

The rise follows the Government’s decision to give the new breed of Free Schools freedom to employ people without formal teaching qualifications in subject specialists, mirroring many independent schools. The policy was expanded in 2012 to include academies.

Ministers insists that people from outside education can enrich classrooms – but Mr Hunt said they needed to be taught how to explain complicated subjects to pupils and how to control classrooms.

He said: “Schooling in the capital has been transformed over the past decade, with London’s secondary schools going from the lowest performing to London becoming the best performing region in the country. But the gains that have been made are now at risk.”

Nationally there are 17,100 unqualified teachers in state-funded schools – a rise of 16 per cent over a year.  The rise was biggest in academies and Free Schools, up by 50 per cent…

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  1. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove true. We have recruited far fewer in recent years (1 last year but they left in summer ). We do have

  2. MsTick68

    miconm SchoolsImprove Of course as ITE university places are cut & Schools Direct don’t recruit to target, OTTs will be recruited.

  3. MsTick68

    miconm SchoolsImprove Of course as ITE university places are cut & Schools Direct don’t recruit to target, OTTs will be recruited.

  4. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove a number of TeachFirst & School Direct salaried, so our UQ number looks higher but they’re on employment routes

  5. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove indeed. At present it is the STEM subjects & MFL that are really hard to recruit to. 2 offers withdrew as well

  6. MsTick68

    miconm SchoolsImprove I think there are more primary teachers taking early retirement; this led to shortage in the late 90s.

  7. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove yes. Age of top end of teacher workforce an issue. Retirements seem to come in waves. Also retention of entrants

  8. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove yes. Age of top end of teacher workforce an issue. Retirements seem to come in waves. Also retention of entrants

  9. miconm

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove wonder if there’s any recent info to see if 5-year retention rates better, worse or same than before.

  10. Janet2

    @miconm MsTick68 SchoolsImprove TeachFirst But will these ‘improvement routes’ be in education?  Or is Teach First being used like an extended gap year before going on to something more lucrative?  Durham Uni evaluation of TF has not been published.  Why?

  11. stevesheehan52

    SchoolsImprove not enough teachers, not enough head teachers. Too many have left the profession and not enough wanting to join.

  12. monty back

    As long as they are not actually taking on the qualified teacher role! Too many are left alone for too long with too little team teaching or mentoring.

  13. monty back

    As long as they are not actually taking on the qualified teacher role! Too many are left alone for too long with too little team teaching or mentoring.

  14. monty back

    As long as they are not actually taking on the qualified teacher role! Too many are left alone for too long with too little team teaching or mentoring.

  15. JojJojoelle

    SchoolsImprove The increase is due to apathy towards the profession, and disillusioned teachers leaving. This issue needs addressing first.

  16. JojJojoelle

    SchoolsImprove The increase is due to apathy towards the profession, and disillusioned teachers leaving. This issue needs addressing first.

  17. CurlyMan66

    miconm SchoolsImprove the only unqualified teachers we need to be concerned about are the ones who are not on any route to qualification

  18. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove The qualified London teachers produced a mob which looted designer trainers. Hard for unqualified ones to do worse.

  19. angelsoft_ICT

    SchoolsImprove NO ONE should be taught by an unqualified teacher – but sometimes I gotta ask, how are we defining ‘qualified’?

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