Employing unqualified teachers: requirements
Find out the rules on employing unqualified teachers, including who's eligible and what work they can do.
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, we set out your requirements below.
Unqualified teachers can carry out 'specified work'
Activities that count as 'specified work' include:
This is outlined in section 5 of