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Pupils deserve total conviction;Letter

NICK Welford is quite right, of course, being a good teacher does take an awful lot more than just good academic qualifications.

It takes a measure of dedication hard to imagine in someone who blames his under-achievement at college on "too many extra-curricular activities"; it takes a love of children inconsistent with the outrageously cynical notion that discipline is predicated on "mutual disrespect", but above all it demands a passionate conviction that education is a privilege and that no other profession could ever be more worthwhile.

Children deserve better than a teacher who, by his own admission, is doing it only because he was overlooked by employers who do value high academic standards.

Peter Eveleigh PGCE student Bath Spa University College

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