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Costly gimmicks

As an information technology teacher (in FE) and parent, I screamed with frustration at the news that education in the first two years of secondary school is poor.

I've known this for years. When will this country take the simple decisions to put the money pouring into specialist schools, technology colleges and other divisive gimmicks into the two things that make a difference - smaller classes in Years 7-11 and proper pay and support for educational professionals?

Government officials can keep saying class sizes and pay are not the problem and that they are pouring money into education - parents and teachers know they have got it spectacularly wrong.

Jackie Sherman

Oxfordshire

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