While I would agree with Richard Cairns's view that the quality of teachers is the single most important factor in improving education, I would question his assertion that the Government should judge potential teachers by their A-level results rather than the level of their degree.
"We all know the quality of a 2.2 varies in different universities," he claims. I would argue the quality of an A-level grade varies in different years. Unless one believes that standards of A-levels have remained constant?
Paul Mitchell, Headmaster, Cobham Hall, Kent.