§ Miss Lestor
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many independent schools have less than 50 per cent. of qualified teachers on their staff; and how many have no qualified teachers.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
This information is not readily available. Independent schools are not required to employ staff with the formal status of qualified teacher but they are required to provide efficient and suitable instruction: this calls for teachers with suitable qualifications and/or experience.