Social inequalities in access to teachers

Social Market Foundation Commission on Inequality in Education: Briefing 2




April 2016

The quality of teaching is the most important school-based determinant of educational

success. Previous research shows pupils make less progress when they have a teacher

that does not have a formal teaching qualification; is newly qualified; less experienced;

without a degree in the relevant subject; and when teacher turnover at their school is


Our new analysis finds that schools serving lower income communities are more likely to

have teachers with all these characteristics. This suggests they face greater recruitment

difficulties in hiring staff and offers one explanation as to why there continue to be

substantial and persistent inequalities in educational outcomes between pupils from

disadvantaged and more privileged backgrounds.


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