The in-school training report gives a one-sided and negative picture of what is a pilot project only in its second year.
The East Midland's project, of which Deacon's School is proud to be part, is one that we regard as being successful and stimulating. To achieve this quality in only one year seems to us at Deacon's to be a considerable achievement.
Our departmental staff have benefited greatly from these opportunities for staff development in general and an examination of professional practice in particular.
In addition there is networking between schools that provides a valuable and vibrant staff development programme as senior staff seek to share their considerable expertise. It is a shame that such unbalanced reporting leads to what, I believe, are greater problems, sending an unfair message to prospective employers.
We at Deacon's were delighted to appoint a Smallpeice student last year and were prepared to wait until the end of the autumn term to secure his employment. We will be interviewing two Smallpeice students for a post at Deacon's this term.
MICHAEL B GRIFFITHS