Academies told they can hire "unqualified" teachers
England's new academy schools can now hire as teachers people who do not hold the formal qualification for teaching, the government has said.
Officials say this means they will be free to hire "great linguists, computer scientists and other specialists who have not worked in state schools before".
Unions for head teachers and teachers have attacked the move, describing it as a damaging backward step.
The change is immediate.
Until now, most state schools could only employ people with what is known as "Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)".
Independent schools were exempt.
The change brings academies in line with the new free schools, which are already free to employ people without QTS.
It has angered the teaching unions, who say all children should be taught by a qualified teacher.
Read more ... (BBC News - 27 July)