“Half of teaching posts filled with unqualified teachers, National Audit Office finds”

Half of teaching posts in the UK were filled with unqualified teachers last year, the Government spending watchdog has warned.

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that secondary schools teachers are leaving the profession in droves, as pupil numbers continue to swell.

Schools only filled half of their vacancies with teachers that had the right experience and expertise last year, and in around one in 10 cases, the post was not filled, according to a survey conducted by the NAO.

Tens of thousands of teachers left England’s schools before reaching retirement age last year, and headteachers are finding it difficult to fill jobs with good quality candidates, the report said.

It concludes that the Department for Education (DfE) cannot show that its attempts to keep teachers in the classroom are having a positive impact and are good value for money.” …