Not a pretty picture

10th June 2005 at 01:00
I can identify with Debbie Bear's situation (TESS, May 27). The head of a local high school openly applies his belief that experience counts for nothing, as Ms Bear found in another context. A newly qualified teacher was appointed over experienced staff as a principal teacher and his girlfriend was appointed alongside him in the same department.

This is another piece in a jigsaw of staffing wherein more than a quarter are coupled. Promoted posts and in-school jobs swirl around, creating an incestuous den of exclusion.

Andrew Anderson, chairman of Highland Council's education committee, wrote in the same issue about the Tapestry conferences' successes in promoting creativity and learning. Surely he cannot accept this knot in his own council's tapestry of creativity and learning.

Name and address supplied

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now