Letters - Less of the surgical spirit: our job is to nurture

26th November 2010 at 00:00

Another week, another dangerous madcap scheme from Michael Gove. Every lesson must conform to Ofsted's tripartite model - introduction, main and plenary - with no diversions.

Unfortunately, teacher training has also succumbed to the OfstedTraining and Development Agency for Schools straitjacket - students are expected to tick a narrowly defined set of competencies. Student teachers need time to think and reflect, and above all to question and challenge.

Not every school or teacher is necessarily a good role model. This is a thinly disguised attempt to reintroduce the position of Victorian pupil monitor.

Richard Knights, Liverpool.

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