This report addresses the important question of how teachers’ qualifications affect their learners’ progress in the adult Skills for Life sector. The combined data sets of teachers’ characteristics and learners’ test scores and attitudes allowed us to shed light on some under-studied areas of further education in the UK.
The three main questions we addressed were:
1. Are teachers’ qualifications related to improvement of learners between pre and post-course assessments?
2. Do such relationships differ according to the type of qualifications held?
3. Are teachers’ qualifications related to changes in learners’ self-confidence and other attitudes?