I WOULD like to point out how narrow the political definition of a "bad teacher" seems to be: one who fails "to meet their responsibilities", ie numerical targets relating to children's test results.
It really is a rather unfortunate state of affairs for those primary teachers who have a high percentage of children with special needs in their classes. What concerns me more, however, is the message which we are giving to our children: "If you do not make the grade, then you have failed."
Of course we want young people to have every opportunity of exam success but children need to have a much broader view of what success is. There are other ways of succeeding in life.
Merelina J Croft