HC Deb 25 January 1983 vol 35 cc374-5W
12. Mr. Jim Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will estimate the number of teachers in secondary schools teaching subjects for which they have no specialist qualifications.

Sir Keith Joseph

The latest information available relates to a survey of maintained secondary schools in England and Wales carried out by the Department in 1977. At that time 110,000 teachers—45 per cent. of those in service—did some teaching of a subject in which they were not directly qualified. This teaching accounted for about 15 per cent. of all tuition given in secondary schools.