Fictional teachers are so unreal

20th October 2000 at 01:00
Now that the General Teaching Council has finally met, it urgently needs to address the image of our profession. Some of us had expected great things of the television drama series Hope and Glory, but this now seems concerned only with making Lennie Henry into some lovable star whose private life is of consuming interest.

I had hopes of Paul Francis's Love and Chalkdust (Friday magazine,July 21), which is at least written by an ex-teacher. The pupils in the book are livelier and wittier than any I've met, and some of the teachers are recognisable human beings, but the management are a varied bunch of idiots.

Is it too much to hope for a serious, positive public representation of our profession?

P J Hammond Holmewood, Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham


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