Hasty comments can hurt hiring drive

14th September 2001 at 01:00
I am writing to express my concern over your recent article, "Heads forced to hire bad teachers" (TES, August 31).

While your article rightly identified that many teaching positions are vacant, I feel it was most inappropriate to suggest that 20 per cent of recently-appointed teachers are not up to the job.

We all share a responsibility to promote the teaching profession and encourage those in teaching to remain there - this will not be achieved by throwing criticisms at the very people we need.

The comments made by John Dunford of the Secondary Heads Association, do nothing to help the efforts of local authorities who are working incredibly hard to attract and retain teachers.

I hope that those who offer such criticisms of our teachers will give greater thought to the potential consequences of their actions.

Councillor Graham Lane Chair, Education and Lifelong Learning Executive Local Government Association Local Government House Smith Square, London SW1

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