Why are unqualified support staffs being allowed to teach?
Supply Teachers UK Campaign Group
We have reached a crisis point within the education system of England and Wales, a crisis that may have a profound impact upon the education of your children and grandchildren for years to come. We have an absurd and evidenced situation of unqualified cover supervisors, HLTA, TA’s teaching and it as been reported even caretakers, and dinner ladies teaching children, while newly qualified and experienced supply teachers are being forced to leave the profession due to the lack of work. A profession, which to many is also a vocation and the only occupation they wish to follow. How do you tell a newly qualified teacher who has their teaching degree, whose life ambition is to nurture and develop the children of today and the adults of the future, that they must stop teaching because they have been replaced by someone who is unqualified. The fact that they cannot get a job to do an induction because the local secondary or primary school have eight or more unqualified staff to fill the role of the teacher is lost amidst the tears and cries of despair of being forced to leave their dream of educating the youth of today and tomorrow.
Supply teachers campaign group as carried out research, which revealed that it is becoming rare for teachers to cover PPA time in primary schools, that is 2 ½ hours per week that a child is possibly not being taught by a teacher or 2 ½ hours of non-education time. We have evidence of a school, which admitted that unqualified staff taught last year 60 hours of lessons (around 10% of lessons) permanently every week. We say this is wrong, not just because it impacts on us in terms of income, but because we say that education matters and the future of the young people matters. England and Wales are the unique in that they how people without any teacher training to teach, even Uganda, a third world country does not allow people without teaching qualifications to teach.
We ask the ‘Parent Outloud’ group to ask your child’s school ‘who is teaching my child in their lessons today’ and campaign with us to restore teachers to the classroom.