“Under Labour all permanently employed teachers had to be qualified. This government changed the rules and scrapped that requirement, allowing schools to employ unqualified teachers, permanently threatening standards.”
The government responded that by saying: “We have record number of teachers in our classrooms – 95 per cent of which hold qualified teacher status.”
“The rest include some trainees working towards their professional qualifications and experts, such as leading scientists, sport people or musicians.”
The analysis also revealed that more teachers are leaving the profession than entering it, with one in four qualified teachers since 2011 leaving teaching.
The opposition also pressured the government on their manifesto commitment to create new primary school breakfast clubs, which they have confirmed has been scrapped in a written question.