Twigg on the back foot over school reforms

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Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg, who announced earlier this month that he planned to get rid of unqualified teachers, admitted yesterday that he has taught lessons at a Liverpool school.

The Labour MP told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show it was “ridiculous” to suggest that his policy meant people who went into schools to help by taking occasional classes would be stopped.

Mr Twigg’s plans to reform the schools system, unveiled earlier this month, were attacked by the Coalition for being inconsistent.

He announced there would be no additional free schools under Labour but “parent-led” academies would be allowed – something critics insisted amounted to the same thing.

Under the reforms, 5,000 untrained teachers who have been allowed to work in academies and free schools would be told they must gain a formal qualification or face the sack.

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