A specialist and relevant university degree does not necessarily make an inspirational teacher By Adrian Hilton for the Daily Mail Published: 17:24 BST, 13 July 2012 | Updated: 19:42 BST, 16 July 2012 2 View According to the latest national statistics on School Workforce produced by the Department for Education, a third of teachers of Physics, Geography and German have no qualification higher than an A-level in those subjects. Over the past year, the number of teachers with a relevant post A-level qualification has declined across the board, reaching 55.3 per cent of teachers of Religious Education; 53.1 per cent of teachers of Spanish; and 27.1 per cent of Maths teachers. Around 25 percent of teachers of Chemistry, History and French have no degrees in those subjects, while for English and PE it is around 20 per cent. Such statistics invariably elicit concerns that our children are not being properly taught, or, at least manifestly not being taught be subject specialists. In decline: Over the past year, the number of teachers with a relevant post A-level qualification has declined across the board This leads to the tediously predictable headlines that our teachers are, at best, under-qualified or, at worst, incompetent…. Read full this story
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