Let's have joy, not gloom

14th November 1997 at 00:00
As secretary of the National Primary Headteachers' Association, I was delighted to see our role as "ambassadors" highlighted in this week's report of the Commons education and employment committee, Teacher Recruitment: What can be done?

The committee commented on the "enthusiasm and commitment shown by many teachers" and used comments by our chair to illustrate this point. It contrasted this "with the often downbeat impression of the job given by some teachers' representatives" and referred to the evidence from the National Union of Teachers as an example.

The NPHA shares the committee's view that enthusiastic teachers can be the best ambassadors for the profession and that there are enough of them to help change public perceptions of the profession.

Our organisation hopes that the proposed General Teaching Council can find places for such enthusiasts, rather than filling it with many of the "merchants of gloom".

JACQUI GREEN Secretary, NPHA co Bournemouth Park infants school and nursery Bournemouth Park Road, Southend on Sea, Essex

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