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Teachers: Qualifications

Question for Department for Education

UIN 188180, tabled on 5 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of teaching staff are unqualified in (a) maintained state, (b) academy and (c) free schools.

Answered on

12 November 2018

The following table provides the full-time equivalent (FTE) teacher numbers and proportion of unqualified teachers in service in (a) maintained state schools, (b) academies, (c) free schools and England, as at November 2017.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) teacher numbers and proportion of unqualified[1] teachers in service in maintained state schools, academies, and free schools and England, November 2017

FTE Unqualified Teachers (000’s)

FTE Qualified and Unqualified Teachers (000’s)

FTE Unqualified (%)

Maintained State Schools[2]

8.6

235.9

3.6

Academies

11.9

210.0

5.7

Free Schools

0.6

6.0

9.2

Total All Schools

21.0

451.9

4.7

Source: School Workforce Census

The numbers are publicly available in table 3a within the publication ‘School Workforce in England, November 2017’, available at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2017.

[1] An unqualified teacher in the LA maintained sector is either a trainee working towards QTS; an overseas trained teacher who has not exceeded the four years they are allowed to teach without having QTS; or an instructor who has a particular skill who can be employed for so long as a qualified teacher is not available.

[2] Includes Centrally Employed.

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