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Teachers: Qualifications

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had the equivalent of at least three A levels at grade B or better upon entering the profession in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (201130)

Data from the TDA’s Performance Profiles database show that a minimum of 26 per cent. of all undergraduate mainstream primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees who gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2005/06 and entered a teaching post in a maintained schools within six months of gaining QTS had the equivalent of at least three A-levels at grade B or better upon entering their ITT course. The corresponding figure for secondary is 14 per cent.

It is optional for HEIs to complete the tariff score for undergraduate trainees on the Performance Profiles database and approximately 30 per cent. of primary trainees and 42 per cent. of secondary trainees had unknown tariffs.

Undergraduate trainees represent a small proportion of trainees entering teaching posts, only 37 per cent. for primary and 5 per cent. for secondary, the remainder were postgraduate trainees, whose A-level scores are not collected.

The A-level scores for Employment Based ITT trainees are also not collected centrally.