Teachers in London

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the number of unqualified teachers in London each year, since 2010? Can you also include the percentage, by year of unqualified teachers?


Answer for Teachers in London

Answer for Teachers in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Based on the Department for Education's schools workforce data, the numbers and percentages of 'estimated Classroom teachers without QTS' are:

       2010: 3964, 6.0% inner London and 6.0% outer London

       2011: 3486, 5.8% inner London and 5.1% outer London

       2012: 3332, 5.5% inner London and 4.7% outer London

       2013: 4156, 6.5% inner London and 5.8% outer London

       2014: 4808, 5.5% inner London and 4.7% outer London

       2015: 5107, 7.5% inner London and 7.1% outer London

       2016, 5305, 7.6% inner London and 7.5% outer London.

This rise in numbers of unqualified teachers in London since the government removed the requirement for teachers to gain qualifications is higher than nationally.

The figure is 5.3% of the England workforce in 2016, up from 4.9% in 2015. I am concerned that this reflects the deepening teacher recruitment and retention crisis in the capital.

I am continuing to raise this issue with the Government as well as giving support to the London school system's efforts to increase trainee teacher numbers and show how great a place London is to start and develop your teaching career.