In 1999-00, 13.6 per cent of teachers in high poverty schools were unqualified, compared to 8.9 per cent in low poverty schools. Ten years ago, one in 12 children was being taught by unqualified staff. By the end of the decade, the proportion was one in eight.
The study also showed that the number of secondary teachers taking lessons outside their specialist area nearly doubled during the 1990s. However, more teachers are now taking part in professional development programmes and participation rates in these poor schools are higher than average.
"Project on the next generation of teachers", the Harvard Graduate School of Education, contact email@example.com"Teacher quality: current status and outlook, the bad, the good, and the uncertain", Jane Hannaway and Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, of the Urban Institute, Washington DC, and Yasser Nakib, of George Washington University, contact Jhannawa@ui.urban.org