Give union dues

31st January 2003 at 00:00
There are times when it is good to belong to the National Union of Teachers. There are two possible answers to the present teacher shortage: cut the Mickey-Mouse initiatives and make teaching an attractive and rewarding career, or find a cheaper source of labour. Well, no difficulty in seeing which way the Government will go.

It is a safe bet that when the classroom assistant programme is imposed there will be yet another avalanche of paperwork supposedly intended to ensure that quality education is being delivered, whilst ensuring that it isn't. If the NUT is standing up for real teachers in real classrooms, that'll do for me.

Philip D Delnon 79 Broomfield Road Swanscombe, Kent

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?

Subscribe

To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
 
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today