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Poor vision skills

I write in support of Alison Phillips' letter making proposals on school appointments (TES, July 7). It is anomalous that excellence in classroom skills and management, and curriculum development, seems to count for nothing when appointments are being made.

On the other hand, those willing to use current jargon and having a "vision statement" are appointed. To paraphrase Sir John Harvey-Jones in his excellent TV programme, this is "just waffle". All the vision statements in UK education do not have the value of one well-prepared lesson plan. Only by appointing practical and know-ledgeable teachers will we raise the standards of UK education.

JANET MILNE 20 Trendlewood Park Stapleton, Bristol

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