Teachers: Qualifications

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of unqualified teaching staff working in (a) maintained state schools, (b) academies and (c) free schools.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The attached table provides the full-time equivalent teacher numbers and proportion of unqualified[1] teachers in service in (a) maintained state schools, (b) academies, (c) free schools in England, as of November 2017.

The figures above are publicly available in table 3a within the publication ‘School Workforce in England, November 2017’, available here:


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

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