Account does not add up to the truth;Letter

23rd July 1999 at 01:00
I READ with interest Paul Noble's account (TES Friday, July 2) of a three-day training courses for the National Numeracy Strategy. As with any national programme of training the quality will vary from place to place and I think that it was very unfair to publish the account in that way.

Across the country the picture could not be more different. I spend a great deal of time talking to teachers - several hundred a week - and I have participated in training in several regions.

My experience, scanning hundreds of evaluation forms, and listening to teachers, is that overall the training has gone exceedingly well. The figures bear this out: two thirds of the 38,000 teachers who have attended the course rated it as very good or good. Less than 1 per cent rated it as poor.

A newspaper such as The TES surely has a responsibility to convey the flavour of schools' engagement with a national strategy. The article you published may have accurately reflected one headteacher's experience. However the impression given is a travesty of the truth.

Ruth Merttens

Co-director

Hamilton Maths and Reading Projects

6 Northmoor Road, Oxford

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