Academy use of unqualified teachers ‘widens inequality’

Academies have been accused of widening class-based inequality after new research found that those serving poorer pupils employed more unqualified teachers.

Previous research has found that academies, which have more freedom to employ unqualified teachers, are more likely to use those who do not hold qualified teacher status (QTS) than maintained schools.

Today’s research from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College and published by the British Journal of Sociology Education seeks to establish whether this is due to contextual factors affecting academies more than maintained schools.

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