Consultant drain

26th January 2001 at 00:00
Teachers have left the profession in droves to become consultants, assessors and inspectors or they have retired because of the pressures caused by these "consultants" and, of course, the constant changes. It is now easy and often lucrative to leave the "chalk face" and tell others how to do the job.

To provide highly-skiled and motivated teachers, good schools need to be allowed to manage their affairs without being strangled by guidelines. We also need a profession where morale is high and remuneration is comparable with accountancy and law.

John Watts

Head, Heathlands primary school New Church Road West Bergholt, Essex

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