A teacher's place is in the classroom

19th November 2004 at 00:00
In their contribution last week, Alison Fox and Jenny Reeves of the University of Stirling think ". . . it is timely to consider the place of the chartered teacher within a school".

I thought that the position of chartered teachers was already very clear - they are classroom teachers. This is made very clear in the agreement A Teaching Profession for the 2lst Century. The whole ethos of the chartered teacher programme, so we were told often and by everybody and their granny, was to reward teachers who chose to stay in the classroom. There was to be no thought of "extra" duties that they would have to carry out since they were getting paid extra.

Hopefully the place of the chartered teacher within a school will remain as that of a classroom teacher. I would hate to think that we are entering the age of "son of senior teacher" where money received means duties to be performed.

I hope that my cynicism is misplaced, as I would hate to have to say "told you so".

Tom Tracey

Merino Road


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