In England there are shortages of specialists at both secondary and primary levels; for example:
- One third of secondary school chemistry teachers do not have a chemistry degree.
- Only 8.3% of primary school teachers in England have a science degree.
In addition, existing non-specialists teaching these subjects do not have consistent access to professional development training, which would help boost their knowledge and confidence.
We are calling on the Government to increase the supply of specialists. For secondary, that means increasing the numbers of teachers who have a chemistry degree, relevant professional experience or have had intensive subject-specific training. For primary, science specialists are those with at least one science A Level, or relevant training.
More detail on the facts behind specialist teaching is available in our report: Inspiring, engaging and expert: the formula for world-class science and chemistry education.
Help us convince the Government to take action by writing to your local MP. Download our campaign briefing, which outlines key facts on the issue Write to your MP