Age-old problems of birthdays

26th May 2000 at 01:00
A VOLUNTARY code against ageism is now widely operated by major companies in the UK, and the Government has recently emphasised its determination to suppress this pernicious form of discrimination in a number of pronouncements.

I therefore find it deplorable that The TES is still willing to permit advertisements like those from Bedford School (TES, May 12) for a head of department: "the appointmentwould suit a young ... teacher. Younger teachers will be considered for the non-head of department position" and still more deplorable that the headmaster of a leading independent school is quite happy to set such a reprehensible example.

In the US and Australia he, and you, would now be facing legal action.

Tom Holland

The Cottage

Keysoe Row

East Keysoe, Bedfordshire

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