Gemma isn't living in the real world

8th December 2000 at 00:00
Do any other readers share my irritation with Gemma Warren's column, which features every other week in Friday magazine?

The Latymer school, in Edmonton, north London, where Ms Warren teaches, is a voluntary-aided, selective school that achieved 99 per cent five A-Cs in this year's GCSE tables. Only 1 per cent of its pupils have special needs; it has a sixth form of more than 400 and an average A-level point score of 25. Ms Warren has hardly had it rough.

Might I suggest yo send her to Kingston upon Hull, where I teach, and after a term ask her to reflect on her experiences.

As someone who has some responsibilty for NQTs, I intend to use her column as an example of how the other half lives rather than as a representative account of the lives of the majority of teachers in comprehensives. John WildeSwanland, Yorkshire Send your letters to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX. Or email:

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