More than half a million youngsters taught by unqualified teachers after ministers ease rules

The number of staff without the key classroom grade of “qualified teacher status” leapt by 52% since ministers eased rules, Labour claim.


Labour examined Department for Education statistics showing there were 22,500 unqualified teachers in primary and secondary schools in England in 2015, with average class sizes of 25.4 pupils.


That means nearly 572,000 kids were taught by staff without the formal qualification.


Shadow Schools Minister Mike Kane said: “These figures are deeply concerning and come at the same we learn the Tories have failed year on year to meet their teacher training targets.


“The Government have completely failed in their most basic of tasks and are clearly relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps.


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