Be grateful for your older staff

15th October 2004 at 01:00
Your article on special schools quotes Alan Kemp saying most of his staff are aged 45 to 50 and it is difficult to recruit younger staff (TES, October 1).

I suggest that Alan should be grateful for having experienced staff . It takes a lot to teach in special schools. Younger teachers are at a considerable risk. They lack the firm and detached view gained only through experience and hard slog. Age-mad Britons often forget that people teach because they love the buzz of young people and take pride in harnessing their wildish traits.

S Sirdaw 38 Minster Walk Hornsey, London N8

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