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Not for want of trying

So FE salaries are lower than in schools? True. I used to be a vice-principal in a sixth-form college so I know. But a year ago I advertised, in FE Focus, a post as director of IT in my 1,200-pupil over-subscribed independent girls' school at pound;43,000 plus.

How many applicants did I get from FE or sixth-form colleges? None.

If anyone out there wants to teach highly motivated pupils in well-resourced conditions, we shall probably be looking for teachers of psychology, economics and business studies, English and science for next September. Try us.

Jennifer Longhurst

Headmistress

Surbiton High Senior Girls' School

Kington-upon-Thames, Surrey

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