Carry on telling it like it is

6th April 2001 at 01:00
Stephen Hoskin suggests in his letter (Friday, March 23) that The TES should stop publishing articles by disaffected, exhausted teachers as it puts people off entering the profession. He says that instead we should all be helping to rebuild teaching's positive image.

Sorry, but as a primary deputy head with a full-time teaching load, preparing Year 6 for their SATs while also planning a five-day French residential trip and getting ready for an inspection, I work more than 60 hours a week. All week I am as positive and supportive towards other members of staff as I can find the energy to be. But on Friday evening, when I collapse with The TES, I want to hear it as it really is.

Stephen, I wih you every success and I hope your enthusiasm and optimism last. But you must have noticed you are entering a profession in desperate need of help. Reading jolly propaganda is not going to make experienced teachers feel better about their huge burden of overwork. We need a forum where we can exchange our views and have a voice, without censorship. Complaining may ultimately change little, but at least we are making ourselves heard.

If you want uplifting, positive messages, try the Government's own Teachers magazine. That publication concentrates on building positive images. Experienced teachers are more interested in seeing positive changes.

Gillian Freeman, West Byfleet, Surrey

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