People are professional by virtue of their knowledge, competence, and attitude. The high numbers passing the performance threshold and other evidence suggest a highly competent profession.
More than 80 per cent of the public believe teachers "do a good job", despite more than two decades of negative spin. The idea that teachers need politicians to bestow credibility on them is more a tribute to the ego of the political classes than a comment on teachers.
Michael Hurdle (Deputy headteacher) 7 Farm Lane Send, Woking, Surrey