And the winner is?;Letter

12th June 1998 at 01:00
The proposed "Academy Awards" for outstanding teachers (TES, May 29) will, I hope, be followed by similar ceremonies for the other professions.

We could see nominations for The Barrister Most Likely to Get You Off, the Paranormally Gifted Stockbroker, or the Consultant with the Most Reassuring Bedside Manner.

This latest wheeze, if viewed charitably, is simply a harmless bit of fun, but it will recruit no new teachers.

The problem of recruitment is far deeper and is aptly symbolised by another story in the same edition about the temporary classroom that had been there since 1918. An extreme case, no doubt, but I can remember clearly the year 1976, when spending on school buildings and maintenance was first cut back drastically.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the young people, born around that time and educated, from reception class to final-year university, in deplorably neglected, shabby, leaking, jerry-built accommodation, now wish to spend their working lives in surroundings that will lend a little more dignity and status to their chosen professions.

John Anslow

Knot House Walton-le-Dale Preston Lancashire

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