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27 July 2012

Qualified Teachers

Commenting on the Department for Education’s decision to remove the requirement
for academies to employ qualified teachers, Christine Blower, General Secretary of
the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This is a perverse decision by the DfE and a clear dereliction of duty.

“The NUT believes all children deserve to be taught by qualified teachers, and it's not
just the profession that thinks so. Our 2011 ComRes poll showed that 89% of parents
want a qualified teacher to teach their child, with just 1% comfortable about those
without Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) taking charge of a class.

“By his own admission, Michael Gove is relaxed about profit-making from schools.
He takes his inspiration from Sweden where profits are being made by reducing the
number of qualified teachers, and where educational standards have fallen. By
contrast, the reason Finland scores so highly in international tables is because they
value teachers, trust teachers and pay teachers well.

“Parents and teachers will see this as a cost-cutting measure that will cause irreparable
damage to children’s education. Schools need a properly resourced team of qualified
teachers and support staff, not lower investment dressed up as ‘freedoms’.

“The Government has no credible argument for removing the requirement for
academies to employ qualified teachers, so chooses instead to bury this decision in the
hours leading up to the Olympics opening ceremony.”

                                     END                 PR125-2012
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