Staff in education jobs are in one of the most accountable careers in England, a leading teachers' union has claimed.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said any suggestion that some teachers entering the profession are anything but well qualified is incorrect.
She said: "There is no evidence that young and new teachers are anything other than of extremely high calibre.
"Teachers are members of the most accountable profession in England."
She added that recent Ofsted reports have praised the quality of those in teaching jobs
in English schools.
Ms Blower's comments came in response to a new report from the Department for Children, Schools and Families Select Committee on teacher training in England, which made a series of recommendations designed to support new teachers, including the ring-fencing of professional development funding.
The NUT is the UK's largest union representing the interests of primary and secondary teachers.