Hi The fundamental point here is that qualified teachers are the only people that should be allowed to teach full classes. Qualified teachers should have a degree and have gained at least QTS/PGCE. I think during these exchanges people tend to forget what gaining QTS involves and what it ensures. I have not always been a teacher, but after going through PGCE/QTS it gave me confidence in the education system. I realised how dedicated and competent any person needs to be in order to complete QTS. I mean we are talking about over fourty written lesson observations, two phases of teaching practice thousands of words in university based assignments etc. Hundreds of hours in fact. I do know of many excellent, hardworking and dedicated TA's but how do I know that every CS or TA taking full classes are competent to teach if they have not gone through QTS. I would not let my child be taught by unqualified QTS staff whatever their skills, ability or qualifications. I dont think many parents outside education would. If people have not gained QTS they should not be teaching whole classes. This is my viewpoint more as a parent than a teacher.