"MPs will today call for sweeping changes to the way teachers are trained in England, recommending that no candidate should be recruited to a graduate teaching course without at least a lower second class degree, and urging the scrapping of government funding for undergraduate training for secondary teachers.
"The all-party children, schools and families select committee also said all potential teachers should be required to take tests in literacy, numeracy and information technology before they enter training, rather than afterwards, as happens now. It said the standard of recruitment had to be raised "across the board": "It is of great concern to us that those with no A-levels, or those with just a pass degree, can gain entry to the teaching profession."
"Barry Sheerman, the committee's chair, said: "Recruiting and retaining the best teachers can transform pupil attainment ... It is not enough to make-do-and-mend existing policies. Radical changes must take place. Teaching must be seen as an attractive career option for high-achieving individuals.""