All in confusion over careers;Postscript;Letter;News amp; Opinion

12th November 1999 at 00:00
DOES the Government want to solve the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in London?

When faced with the reality of teachers finding London "just too expensive" (TES, October 29), why has the Department for Education and Employment recommended to the School Teachers' Review Body that there should be "no blanket increase in the London Area Allowance" (paragraph 157 of DFEE evidence)?

This would be a disaster for recruitment and retention in the capital. London teachers are facing an effective pay cut when they need the incentive of higher salaries.

Web sites about nightlife won't attract more teachers or reduce class sizes.

Kay Driver General secretary Professional Association of Teachers 2 St. James' Court, Friar Gate, Derby.

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