In your article, "Wanted: the best minority teachers" (TES, November 7), I am reported as having said at the conference that "...it was absolutely right that ethnic minority children should be taught by teachers from their own communities I" This is not the case.
At the conference I said that "I it is right that children from ethnic minority backgrounds should see people from their communities in teaching posts" and "It is important for children to have role models from their own communities". Teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds provide such role models, and may inspire pupils from similar backgrounds to seek a career in teaching.
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