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Teachers: Qualifications

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) religious education lessons and (b) history lessons are taught by teachers with no post A-level qualification in those subjects; and if he will make a statement.

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

For religious education, 24.2% of hours taught in all state funded secondary schools and academies, were taught by a teacher without a relevant post A-level qualification, a decrease from 2010 when the figure was 27.2%. The proportion was considerably lower for history, where 9.1% of hours were taught by a teacher without a relevant post A-level qualification, a decrease from 2010 when the figure was 10.4%.

Information on the proportion of hours taught in state funded secondary schools which are not taught by a teacher with a relevant post A-level qualification in the subject are shown in Table 13 of the publication School Workforce in England, November 2018, which is attached: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2018.

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