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Untrained teachers 'face the sack'

More than 5,000 untrained teachers who have been allowed to work in academies and free schools under the Government's education reforms will be told they must gain a formal qualification or face the sack if Labour win the next general election.

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said it was "unacceptable" that a Government which claimed to want to raise standards in the classroom let teachers who lacked the proper training work in state-funded schools.

"It is shocking that this Government is allowing unqualified teachers into the classroom," he told The Observer.

"High-quality teaching is the most important factor in improving education. We need to drive up the quality of teaching, not undermine it."

Under the first two years of a Labour government, unqualified teachers would be give access to training, but if at the end of that time they had still not qualified they would be out of a job.

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