Letters - Less of the surgical spirit: our job is to nurture

Joanne Dwyer

Isn't the shake-up more about university funding (or lack of) than teaching training? The Government has made clear that it is not too keen on postgraduate funding, so it was surely only a matter of time before this impacted on teacher training.

Won't the move towards more school-based training (currently only 5,000 new entrants are trained in schools, as your article states) increase the burden on schools? Especially when local authorities are being gradually devolved, where will the support network be?

If the desired outcome of the different teacher training routes is ultimately to achieve qualified teacher status, does it matter which route you take?

The irony is that teachers know better than most, precisely because they are teachers, that everyone learns in different ways, and it's the same for them when it comes to training. There can't ever be a one-size-fits-all approach because of the very personal processing that takes place and the mercurial nature of education.

I do believe teaching is a craft, but the extent to which this is true can depend on the subject and how it is taught. And in any case, you can't call something a craft and then dictate from on high how people should learn it.

Joanne Dwyer, Chelsfield, Kent.

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