Anger at naming and shaming
New Labour policy in this area raises very serious questions and concerns.
Everyone to whom I have spoken has asked why it was thought helpful to name these schools; doing so runs the risk of creating a blight on necessary progress,such as attracting good new teachers, when there is already a recruitment problem to inner-city schools, and further undermining the morale of teachers working in our schools.
The new central government has a unique opportunity to build a "team culture", rather than the Tory policy of creating a "blame culture", blaming teachers themselves for the consequences of years of underfunding, unconsulted and arbitrary change and a vicious cycle of overwork, crude criticism and diminished morale.
Give us the tools and we can do the job that we all want done: it's good to talk, rather than threaten.
MARK LUSHINGTON, Divisional Secretary, Hackney Teachers Association, 219 Mare Street, London E8