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ERIC Number: ED559240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
Teaching by Degrees: The University Backgrounds of State and Independent School Teachers
Kirby, Philip
Sutton Trust
In 2003, the Sutton Trust published a study on the university backgrounds of teachers in the state and independent sector by Prof. Alan Smithers and Dr. Louise Tracey. This report revisits this topic, using 2015 data from the National Foundation for Educational Research's Teacher Voice Omnibus survey, and the Independent Schools Council's Teacher Survey. It suggests that, while inequality remains between the qualifications of state and independent teachers, the gap has been narrowed over the last decade. Key findings of this study include: (1) Of all teachers, state school teachers are more likely to possess BEd degrees than independent school teachers, but independent school teachers are more likely to possess Master's degrees and PhDs; (2) Of secondary teachers, independent school teachers are more likely than state teachers to have postgraduate qualifications relevant to the subjects that they teach, especially in the shortage subjects of physics and maths; and (3) Since 2003, the state sector has recruited approximately 6,000 further secondary teachers with Oxbridge degrees, increasing its proportion of Oxbridge teachers from 3% to 5%. During the same period, the proportion of independent secondary teachers with Oxbridge degrees has remained stable at about 17%. The following is appended: A short essay on methodology.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sutton Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom