From day one I have had to plan, resource and teach, while squeezing a year's worth of study into weekends, evenings and non-contact times. I enjoy the work and challenge and I flatter myself that when I gain qualified teacher status the experience will make me a better teacher.
But then I read your article on the "Teach for London" initiative (TES, May 24). I want to commit myself to a teaching career but all I really need to do is go on a six to eight-week training course next summer and, hey presto, I am qualified.
By all means, give these graduates some classroom experience and some training but to award them qualified teacher status makes a mockery of my work.
79 Bridport Road