More than one in six maths teachers in the FE sector do not have a good GCSE pass in the subject, while almost half "lack confidence" in teaching it, new research reveals.
A survey of more than 470 staff commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) finds that 17.1 per cent of maths teachers have only a functional or adult basic skills qualification at level 2. Among teachers of GCSE maths classes, 9 per cent have not achieved this qualification themselves and only have a functional or adult basic skills equivalent. A further 12 per cent have achieved no qualification higher than a GCSE, even though staff are typically expected to be qualified to at least one level higher than the one they are teaching. "This indicates that in some instances teachers may lack adequate qualification with respect to the level they teach," the report states.
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