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* Archimedes advice (Helpline, TES, January 3) that a teacher allegedly critical of his school to a job applicant should be disciplined is deplorable and wrong-headed. The remark - only "overheard" - about it being a "dreadful place to work" is vague and general. Even if it is disloyal, it begs the question, to whom? To the head, colleagues, children, parents or even the education authority responsible for the condition of school buildings?

"Loyalty", as representing an uncritical acceptance of school policy,Elli is not a legal, contractual obligation.

Nigel Probert 15B South Snowdon Wharf Porthmadog Gwynedd

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