This head doth protest too much

9th July 2010 at 01:00

Headteacher Eddie Morrison (Letters, June 18) is quite correct to praise H.M Wilson's "inferential skills" when she concludes that he does not value chartered teachers because he cannot select them. His letter demonstrates not only that he does not value them, but actually detests them. The ironic inverted commas in "our schools are full of `chartered teachers'" exposes his sardonic, sarcastic tone.

From that premise, it is legitimate to conclude that he feels this way because he cannot select them, as it would be perverted to select and then detest (QED 1). He also seems to be opposed to chartered teacher candidates being self-selected, which implies that, as a headteacher, he would like to do the selecting (QED 2).

Presumably, as a headteacher, Eddie does not actually teach; still, it is curious for someone in the education business to subscribe to the fact that education has no effect, a view derived from his notion that the "positive qualities" he sees in chartered teachers pre-existed their Masters degree-level programme of study. The Standard for Headship course, which Eddie might or might not have taken, could easily be abolished on these grounds.

My view is that whatever professional level teachers operate at, their professional practice will be considerably enhanced by the advanced study of education involved in the CT course. If they are operating at CT level, and many are, I would advise them to choose to enter the programme immediately, before this option is removed and control is transferred to the bureaucrats.

Attaining CT status will mean their salaries will be more commensurate with their contribution to their pupils' education - though still far short of those who, like Eddie, are on the non-teaching levels of the salary scales.

Jack Ferguson, Greenfaulds High, Cumbernauld.

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