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Teachers: Qualifications

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had a (i) first, (ii) upper second, (iii) lower second and (iv) third class degree in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (206230)

The information requested is held for an estimated 65 per cent. of full-time regular qualified nursery/primary teachers and 74 per cent. of secondary school teachers in service in the local authority maintained sector in England. The following table provides a breakdown of the class of degree held by these teachers in March 2006, the latest for which teachers in service can be identified. Information for previous years will be less complete and therefore does not provide directly comparable information.

Degree class of full-time regular qualified nursery/primary and secondary teachers in England, March 20061

Class of degree

Nursery/primary

Secondary

First class honours

4.2

4.8

Upper second class honours

7.5

8.7

Lower second class honours

5.2

6.4

Undivided second class honours

75.8

67.9

Third class honours

0.5

0.9

Unclassified honours

4.5

7.6

Pass

1.1

1.4

Degrees awarded outside the UK

1.2

2.4

Total

100.0

100.0

1 Provisional.

Source:

Database of teacher records and GTCE.