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Teaching: Qualifications

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of teachers entered the profession via the Bachelor of Education degree qualification. [HL1495]

The information requested is not available for all teachers who are currently in teaching service.

Information is available with respect to newly qualified entrants entering service. The latest provisional estimates are for teachers who achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) in 2005 and were in full or part-time service in England in March 2006. Of the 25,460 teachers in this category some 18 per cent (4,040) were recorded as acquiring QTS by achieving an undergraduate degree. These include predominantly Batchelor of Education degrees but also a small number of other first degrees where QTS is also conferred.

The sources of this information are the Database of Teacher Records (DTR) for the numbers of teachers entering service and General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) for the qualifications information. The overall figure provided includes teachers acquiring QTS through all routes including employment-based training and may be slightly underestimated due to the under-reporting of part-time teachers and the late receipt of some teachers’ records.