During this period teachers' pay and conditions have not improved by any criteria. To restore pay to the Main inquiry levels of 1987 would require a straight 15 per cent increase (40 per cent if you go back to the Houghton report of the 70s).
Ever-burgeoning initiatives are expected to be implemented in the face of year-on-year financial cuts. A week of 50-plus hours shows little signs of abating.
Worrying poll evidence suggests that teenagers (particularly males) dismiss teaching as a career altogether. These points wouldn't have anything to do with the foregoing, would they, Mr Mathieson?
He might like to cast his "socio-economic realism" across the water to Europe. He may well get a shock were he to compare the lot of teachers here with that of our European colleagues.
Paul Walsh Hamilton Place, Aberdeen