Letters Extra Cheap and cheerful

I am quite irritated to see advertisements containing words such as the following: "The post is particularly suitable for an NQT who would receive a salary of pound;20K+, plus other financial incentives."

As far as I am concerned, this brings teacher recruitment into disrepute and points to a crisis in the ability of Headteachers to manage recruitment properly.nbsp;

As a good teacher of mathematics I am presently taking a year out to update my skills and have been studying for an MSc in Computer Science. One of the reasons for my decision to further my qualifications was the belief that teachers with proven experience are being overlooked because of attitudes such as is displayed in this advertisement. I would also suggest to you that this type of discrimination is a major reason for a substantial number of teachers leaving the profession.

How dare a failing school advertise for unproven NQTs in preference to experienced teachers and offer them extra tax payers money as incentive.nbsp;The short-sighted and arrogant policy of paying incentives to unproven NQTs is a wholly unjustifiable use of tax payers money. It is inevitable that some of these teachers will be truly awful.

I do not think I will bother going back into the profession. I just see no point in having to compete with the unproven NQTs. In my humble opinion, the interview process frequently selects the wrong person for a plethora of reasons. One of the most sickening is that experienced teachers are not afforded a level playing field when in competittion with cheaper less experienced teachers.

This government needs a huge re-thinking on how teachers are recruited and maybe some of the terrible problems that we are now witnessing will be solved overnight.

Anthony Stoppani
Kent

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