Employing unqualified teachers: requirements

Find out the rules on employing unqualified teachers, including who's eligible and what work they can do.

Last reviewed on 10 November 2023
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  1. Your requirements
  2. Unqualified teachers can carry out 'specified work'
  3. Who can do 'specified work'

Your requirements

Maintained schools and academies must hire qualified teachers for the roles of:

  • Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) - see our article on the qualification requirements for SENCOs 
  • Designated teacher for looked after children (LAC) - see page 6 of the DfE guidance on LAC

Academies: Apart from the requirements above, your academy trust is free to set out its own rules for employing unqualified teachers - check your funding agreement to find out the arrangements in your school. Please note, if you're a special academy, your funding agreement might require you to follow the same rules as maintained schools.

Maintained schools: In addition to the above, see below for your requirements. 

Unqualified teachers can carry out 'specified work'

Activities that count as 'specified work' include:

This is outlined in section 5 of The