Number of 'inadequate' teachers doubles in a year

The number of teachers that are considered “inadequate” has more than doubled in a year

Despite a multi-billion pound spend on education under the last Government, the proportion of teachers classed as ‘outstanding’ has halved in the same year, school inspectors have found. Ofsted found millions of British schoolchildren were being taught by teachers who did not plan lessons properly, were unable to control their students and had poor knowledge of their subjects.

Over the past year inspectors labelled more than 17,600 teachers “inadequate”, compared with 8,800 the year before. Only 35,200 teachers, from a total teaching pool of 440,000 were given the best “outstanding” ranking, compared to 70,400. Meanwhile, the proportion of teachers labelled “satisfactory” also rose, from 123,200 in 2009 to 162,800 last year.

The school’s watchdog said last night that the figures may reflect a change in assessment methods.

Sharon Hughes, Director of Learning for local tutoring company, Tutors4GCSE said ‘In my opinion whilst comparing one year’s figures with another might not be appropriate when there has been a change in assessment method – it cannot be acceptable that only 59% of observed sessions were considered Good or better’.

Sharon continued ’Many teachers have been in their role for too many years and in that time education has changed: Learners’ and parents’ expectations have also changed and a session considered “Good” ten years ago would not be so today. Learning is an active process and as such learners need to be seen to be active participants. Teachers need to embrace technology and encourage learners to question and problem-solve in order to be considered more than “satisfactory”.

‘Many industries promote a culture of continuous improvement, maybe these figures are an indication that education is catching up’ added Sharon.