Letters extra: let teachers get on with it

13th July 2001 at 01:00

The time has come to trust the teachers' says David Hargreaves (June 29). I couldn't agree more, indeed we should trust teachers not just with much greater responsibility for their pupils' learning but also with a much greater say in their own learning. We cannot expect professional behaviour if we continue to substitute scripted training for professional development.

I have just returned from meeting a group of geography teachers who spent a week together at Hertford College, Oxford. Their brief was two-fold:

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