End the qualifiedunqualified divide

29th March 2013 at 00:00

In response to David Vorster's letter ("Qualifications really do count", 22 March) and in defence of Matthew Handy's ("The damage is done", 15 March): I have also worked in education for 20 years.

I been a teaching assistant and was encouraged to gain higher level teaching assistant status; I have covered preparation, planning and assessment (PPA) across two primary schools, been a deputy manager at a preschool and done short- and long-term planning. I am now about to take up my first "unqualified" teaching post in a school because, in the words of the headteacher, "teachers are born, not made". I have had the best workplace training, covered everything a qualified teacher covers and have an excellent behaviour management track record. Yet someone who has had none of these experiences or even worked with a child can, with a non-relevant degree, do a PGCE course and qualify as a teacher. It is time the government found a system that can fast-track into qualified teaching roles people who can prove they can do the job - then we would no longer have this great divide.

Ro Fidler, Drama and art teacher, Bromley.

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