QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS
Mountains and molehills spring to mind
The Shadow Education Secretary,Tristram Hunt, has made much of claims that too many schools in the maintained sector allow unqualified, or under-qualified, teachers to teach children. The Government says that it is up to heads and teachers to decide who is best qualified to teach in their schools. The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, revealed in the Commons, in response to an Oral PQ, on 27 October, that “ In state funded schools, 96% of teachers hold qualified teacher status. The figure is 97% in maintained schools and 95% in academies.” So one has grounds for wondering why Hunt is trying to use this issue as a stick with which to beat the government. These percentages surely suggest that he needs to shift his line of attack.