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A GROUP of MPs today called for the bar to be raised on the qualifications needed to become a teacher, amid concerns the current requirements are too low.

The Commons schools select committee, chaired by Huddersfield's Barry Sheerman, said it was of "great concern" that students with no A-levels or only a pass at degree can be offered a place on a teacher training programme.

Only those with at least a 2.2 degree should be able to win a place on a post-graduate teaching course and this requirement should gradually be raised to allow only those with an upper second 2.1 or above to apply, the committee said.

In a report the MPs called for a radical shake-up of training, arguing that entry requirements, particularly for people wanting to train on undergraduate courses as secondary school teachers, are too low.

It says: "Having examined the level of entry qualifications that trainees bring to both under and post-graduate initial teacher training programmes, we are clear that the bar must be raised across the board.

"It is of great concern to us that those with no A-levels, or those with just a pass degree can gain entry to the teaching profession."

"There is also some evidence to suggest that low entry qualifications are linked to failure to complete initial teacher training successfully in the first place."

Mr Sheerman said: "Teaching must be seen as an attractive career option for high achieving individuals. Entry requirements should be raised, and there must be better support for teachers in post."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2010
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