I trained and worked as an electronics engineer and switched to the computing industry some 15 years ago. Although I am highly qualified with skills that are in short supply in schools, it appears that I am barred from teaching because I do not have a degree.
I realise entry levels have to be set, but I feel past experience should be considered. Some teachers at my children's school have come straght from university, with little or no hands-on experience. Other teachers who have been in teaching for many years, have no degree and have limited exposure to computing.
Perhaps an entrance exam could be a way to select teachers with years of experience, but no degree. Other professions use this approach.
Stephen M Tucker
17 Lindbury Avenue
Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire