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London Met University research reveals untrained staff are teaching pupils

PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:51 05 October 2010

by Gemma Collins SCHOOLS are hiring former postmen, driving instructors and nightclub bouncers to teach classes, research by an East End university revealed today. A study

by Gemma Collins

SCHOOLS are hiring former postmen, driving instructors and nightclub bouncers to teach classes, research by an East End university revealed today.

A study carried out by the London Metropolitan University for a government-funded report discovered that 80 per cent of the country's schools are employing untrained staff as "cover supervisors" on as little as £6.50 an hour.

And the research revealed that the inexperienced staff are doing more in the classroom than just keeping order.

Professor Merryn Hutchings, who led the research, told the Daily Mail: "Cover supervisors were teaching - setting a task, giving advice and commenting on pupils' work. They are not trained or in any way qualified for that.

"The people we met had careers working in the post office or being a driving instructor."

The research team at the university which has campuses in Whitechapel and Aldgate as well as Holloway Road surveyed 1,800 headteachers, 3,200 teachers and 2,400 support staff.


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