HC Deb 19 December 1994 vol 251 cc915-6W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education for each main subject, what percentage of teachers, according to the 1993 secondary schools staffing survey, without a past A-level qualification in that subject, taught that subject in the survey week.

Mr. Boswell

The following table is derived from the 1992 secondary schools staffing survey and shows the percentage of full-time secondary teachers in England who gave some tuition in a subject in which they held no post-A level academic qualification, and the percentage of tuition this represented. About half of this tuition was by teachers with five or more years experience of teaching the subject.

Subject Per cent. Of teachers without a qualification Tuition by these teachers as per cent. of all tuition in subject
Mathematics 22 10
Biology 14 11
Chemistry 5 3
Physics 6 4
General Science 16 9
CDT 50 34
English 27 14
French 18 9
German 24 13
Other Languages 34 19
History 28 11
Geography 29 10
Music 19 5
Art 24 7
Physical Education 32 9
Religious Education 54 25

The Government have, for a number of years, provided substantial support for programmes to enhance and update teachers' subject knowledge in support of the national curriculum.