Chartered teachers inspire pupils

8th May 2009 at 01:00

As a chartered teacher who has completed the Masters programme, I was concerned about the message conveyed in the article by John Greenlees ("Reward teachers accordingly", April 24).

I certainly agree that all teachers are hard-pressed to commit time to additional study. It is a personal and financial commitment that many may choose not to make, but those who do should be applauded, rather than have their efforts criticised.

The nature of the CT programme requires candidates to evaluate their teaching and, above all, assess its impact on pupils. There will always be those who are not fit for the job, but the overwhelming majority of chartered teachers are trying to teach and inspire pupils, contrary to what Mr Greenlees may think.

On another level, the chartered teacher programme demands that all candidates look at their professionalism. This cannot be said for Mr Greenlees, as his comments on the practice and ability of other teachers, and the reporting of discussions by head-teachers on other colleagues, have no place in a published article, never mind the staffroom. They highlight the poor ethos of such schools.

But I do agree with him that opportunities for career enhancement and progression are very limited by the current system. I question why countless people progress to management posts with no further training or qualifications, or quite often in a haphazard way through never-ending internal promotions, whereas others spend time and money trying to improve their own CVs. The CT programme at least allows individuals to further their skills and see their efforts rewarded.

Yes, the chartered teacher programme is far from perfect and there should be big questions raised about its future role and direction. However, these are better answered by those who know what the programme entails and who try to maintain the high standards expected of them, rather than ill- informed cynics with their own misplaced agendas.

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