During the summer, it emerged that Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrats, charges pound;3,000 for an after-dinner speech.
The threshold award, which is supposed to reflect all-round competence in a difficult job, is therefore worth just two-thirds of one politician's osh money on a single occasion. Ministers would have teachers believe that pound;2,000 is big bucks, but it only seems that way if your standard of comparison is a depressed salary. Only quality pay and sensible conditions will attract quality teachers, not hyped up small change and overload without end.
Dr Colin Butler
Senior English master
Borden grammar school