The government has extended to academies the same freedom to open up teaching vacancies to non-QTS job seekers - a privilege which is already enjoyed by independent schools, Free Schools, Studio Schools and University Technical Colleges.
Head teachers at new academies will now be able to employ anyone whom they deem to have the appropriate qualifications, which may or may not include QTS. Existing academies may apply to have their funding agreements altered to reflect this change if they wish.
It will allow academies to select for teaching jobs professionals who, while lacking QTS, may have a wealth of experience in their field.
A Department for Education spokesman said qualified personnel already in teaching jobs would not be affected by the move.
"We expect the vast majority of teachers will continue to have QTS. This additional flexibility will help schools improve faster. No existing teacher contract is affected by this minor change," he explained.
Posted by Tim Colman