Poorest placements

30th June 2000 at 01:00
WHILE agreeing with much of what Mark Sheridan, head of applied arts at Jordanhill campus, is quoted as saying (TESS, June 23) about the McCrone report's idea of designated training schools for student teacher placements, I am concerned that there appears from his paraphrased statements to be an assumption that training schools would not be selected in areas where "poverty is the sharpest".

"Best practice" measured by the performance indicators in he document How Good is Our School? is evident in many establishments where staff have a corporate approach to combating the effects of poverty.

Consequently, these would seem to be ideal schools to be included in the broad range of training establishments providing practical structured support and first-hand experience of successful strategies to students undergoing initial teacher education.

Sheila Campbell. Turnberry Road Glasgow


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