Brilliant, but...;Letter

22nd October 1999 at 01:00
ANDREW Cunningham is right that there are aspects of the Government's current improvement agenda that are hard to assess.

He is also right to put his finger on aspects of teaching that defy conventional analysis.

What is heartening is that he underpins his subjective enthusiasm with the fact that the brilliant teacher's results were "consistently brilliant too".

In doing so he goes to the heart of the definition of an advanced skills teacher, who can earn up to pound;45,000 a year for outstanding performance in the classroom.

Sadly, many of us have had to re-visit our ideas of what constituted visionary and unique teaching in the light of the results that this teaching achieved at the end of the course.

Outstanding teachers will gain outstanding results. If they don't, they aren't.

B Liddington

Headteacher

Northampton School for Boys

Billing Road

Northampton

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