Jamie's Dream School: Stuff of nightmares?

11th March 2011 at 00:00

As a current PGCE student, I was shocked and appalled by Dr Starkey personally attacking a student because of his weight. If it was provoked I could understand to some extent, but in this case it was not at all.

The column inches you gave him in The TES, however, give him authority and respect - both of which I feel he lost at the very moment he finished telling a troubled teenager: "You're so fat you couldn't really move."

It really does confirm that there is one rule for us and another for the celebrity classes. I can assure you that if I acted like this I would be booted out of my placement school.

Please can you confirm that a counter argument will be published to offer a balanced story? I think Dr Starkey should be taken to task for this and, as a minimum, I feel a personal apology to the profession and to that youngster is needed.

Neil Holbrook, Address supplied.

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