ON reading Conor Ryan's argument in the debate "Do teachers have the heaviest workload?"(TES, August 31), and with my blood temperature on the boil, I was not at all surprised to discover that he had been a special adviser to David Blunkett. Only someone who has absolutely no idea of what it is like in a school could write such a piece. A friend who used to have a very poor opinion of teachers has recently taken a job as a technician in a comprehensive school and now has a quite different opinion. He believes that more members of the public should go into schools and see what teachers must cope with.
Why not make every inspector work in a school for one term a year? This could temporarily solve the shortage and make inspectors live in the real world.
Monica Bower (Address supplied).