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Intellect perhaps but no empathy

We often hear of the desperate need to attract more good honours graduates into teaching. I am a physics graduate, now retired, who spent a couple of years working in a school and many more in a technical college.

It seemed to me that high intellectual ability in a teacher is only really relevant post-GCSE, whereas at earlier stages it is more important to have teachers who relate well to, and have a natural ability with, children. The former are often not the latter!

David C Smith

6 Turnberry Close

Bletchley, Buckinghamshire

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