Some 74 per cent of graduates starting teacher training programmes during this academic year have achieved either a first-class or 2:1 degree.
Research by the Department for Education demonstrates how the standard of adults choosing a career as a teacher has never been better.
The figure represents a three percentage point rise on last year and an impressive 13 percentage point hike on the 2009-10 time period.
This is the fifth year these statistics have been recorded and the number of new entrants with a 2:1 or higher has increased every single time, which means the calibre of those in teaching jobs will be impressive for years to come.
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: "Teaching is a rewarding and fulfilling career - and our best graduates can make a real difference in the classroom. This will raise standards in schools and help every child achieve their full potential."
Posted by Harriet McGowan