Grandmothers' ruin

14th February 1997 at 00:00
Hard on the heels of the success of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in forcing the Government to allow recently retired teachers to return to the classroom to help students prepare for exams, there comes a suggestion from another union, the Secondary Heads Association, in its manifesto (TES, January 31) that teachers should have the right to leave the profession with a pension after 30 years' service.

How damaging and unfair this will be to women teachers who sacrifice career prospects when taking five or so years out of teaching to be full-time mothers. As grandmothers, they will have to make up the years taken out as mothers, to bring their service up to 30 years.

Teachers, please do not campaign to replace one injustice with another.

J M CLAMPIT Wiltshire branch secretary Association of Teachers and Lecturers White's Cottage High Street Damerham Fordingbridge , Hants

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now