Academies To Hire Unqualified Teachers

As of today England’s new academy schools can hire as teachers people who do not hold the formal qualification for teaching, the government has announced.

Academies are state-funded but are semi-independent, outside of local authority control and have greater freedom than other schools over curriculum and teachers’ pay and conditions.


Until now, most state-funded schools could only employ people with what is known as “Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)”, meaning they have been trained and approved as meeting a range of standards.

Teachers unions have attacked the move, describing it as a damaging backward step.

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