Letters extra :

2nd March 2004 at 00:00

I wonder if those responsible for the recent propaganda emanating from the National Union of Teachers share the same planet as the rest of us, because the "Betrayal" material issued last week plumbed the depths.

First of all, cards on the table: I work in education, am not a member of a teaching union and believe the interests of all those who work in education is best served when representative bodies work together and in concert. I was saddened when the NUT disenfranchised its membership from talks on reshaping the school workforce but recognise that a democratic organisation has to have the freedom to choose its own path.

That freedom always comes at a price - in this case it was the largest teaching union absenting itself from the discussions on key issues for

teachers and support staff. Whatever the NUTs reasons, it is now behaving

like a spoilt brat which, if it was a student, would be excluded from

school.

As far as I can see, the other 3 teachers unions, both headteaching

unions, 3 unions representing support staff, Local Government of all

political persuasions, central Government and the Welsh Assembly are all

sat round the table thrashing out the future of education while the NUT

stands with its nose pressed against the window, occasionally shouting

abuse.

Directly attacking organisations it claims to want to establish

`professional unity' with is either stupidity or hypocrisy but for the

sake of the entire teaching profession I hope that the NUT reconsiders the

negative wrecking propaganda before it causes irreparable harm. The

working conditions of union members improves via the difficult but

unavoidable path of effective representation, negotiation and measured

argument - it seems to me the only people benefiting from the current

stance of a big teaching union are those who wish to see partnership and

constructive dialogue between employers and education workers fail.

Salvatore Smith

420 Norbury House

Droitwich

Worcs.

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May I appeal to your readers for help with my research? I am studying for a BA at Suffolk College.Part of my study involves a research project.The theme I have chosen for my research is the ways in which organised play activities at lunchtimes for years 3 and 4 children impacts upon their learning in the afternoon.

I would like to hear from any school who has developed any scheme of clubs or activities that are run at lunchtimes,whether or not these were designed to have an impact on classroom behaviour.

Many thanks.

Ken Douglas

co Woodhall C. P. School,

Mayflower Way,

Sudbury,

Suffolk,

CO10 1ST

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May I appeal to your readers for help with my research? I am studying for a BA at Suffolk College.Part of my study involves a research project.The theme I have chosen for my research is the ways in which organised play activities at lunchtimes for years 3 and 4 children impacts upon their learning in the afternoon.

I would like to hear from any school who has developed any scheme of clubs or activities that are run at lunchtimes,whether or not these were designed to have an impact on classroom behaviour.

Ken Douglas

co Woodhall C. P. School,

Mayflower Way,

Sudbury,

Suffolk,

CO10 1ST

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