Next week: The TES will be exploring what can be done to improve morale, cut down on classroom stress and put a smile back on the face of the profession. We will look at the likely cost of implementing a programme of improvements and increased investment. Can the country afford it? And how soon could the benefits be felt in schools?
And what of the politicians? Will they heed the teachers' voice? How important are middle class professionals to the voter-hungry political classes? Or does the electoral arithmetic mean teachers won't get a look in?
A teachers' manifesto:
In future issues we will be developing the debate about the future of education, through contributed articles and reader reactions.
What would you like to see included in the party manifestos? Can you improve on the first draft of our Teachers' Manifesto? Send us your ideas or proposals. Articles and letters should be sent to The Editor, TES, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E19XY. Fax 0171 782 3200.
Or you can join the debate through our new Internet service. If you have an Internet connection you can register at our address - http:www.tes.co. uk Please mark all correspondence: Teachers' Manifesto.
The election campaign:
We will be returning to our focus group teachers once the election is called, to ask them how the politicians, and their parties' manifestos, measure up.
We will report on whether their views have changed during the campaign, and publish an update on what you, the readers, want.