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Teachers: Qualifications

Question for Department for Education

UIN 35150, tabled on 22 April 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in the school system lacked Qualified Teacher Status in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

3 May 2016

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teachers without Qualified Teacher Status in service in state funded schools in England, November 2010 to 2014. November 2015 data will be available at the end of June.

FTE number of teachers without QTS

% of teachers without QTS

2010

16,700

3.8

2011

16,100

3.7

2012

16,000

3.6

2013

16,600

3.7

2014

20,300

4.5

Source: School Workforce Census

Our recent White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, announced that we intend to replace the current arrangements for teacher qualification with a new, stronger accreditation that will be based on clear evidence of effective teaching practice. The new system will allow schools to employ as teachers individuals with appropriate qualifications and experience and put them on a pathway to full accreditation, recognising their proficiency in the classroom.