'New' does not mean 'failing'

25th February 2005 at 00:00
Your article "The worst lesson I have ever seen", (TES Cymru, February 4) quotes Mr Bradley Albuery, presenting officer at a General Teaching Council for England disciplinary hearing, as saying that a teacher's lessons "were even below the standards of a newly-qualified teacher".

The article refers to a 51-year-old teacher whose best performance out of 12 lessons was 20 minutes graded satisfactory.

As an NQT myself, I recently underwent an external moderation in which I was observed by a member of the local advisoryinspection team. Aspects of my teaching were judged to be "excellent". Am I to assume that this means excellent in comparison to a failing teacher?

This unsubstantiated allegation from someone who should know better is alarming. Reports of this kind could cause serious concern for parents whose children are currently being taught by NQTs.

I wonder if the GTCE would approve of the implications of this comment.

Sian David

9 Tairehol, Penpedairheol

Hengoed, Caerphilly

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