Change pension rules to bring teachers out of retirement

21st September 2001 at 01:00
When I began teaching during the last real staffing crisis, in the 1960s, I worked with several competent teachers who were well beyond normal retirement age ("It's like being an NQT again", Friday, September 7).

This may be another option for the Government, but if it wants to encourage early retired or retired teachers back into the classroom, it must change the pension regulations that penalise them. Alter the "salary of reference" rules and I, for one, would return to teaching full-time.

Dave Williams, Consett, County Durham

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