Recent isn't best

6th September 1996 at 01:00
I was saddened to read "Six years out of teaching and I'm past my sell-by date" (TES, August 16). Our education system can only benefit from professionals who want to teach and have not just come directly from university, not really knowing themselves and with hazy career plans. It is unfair to consider a less recently trained teacher out-of-date.

I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in education course at a university in London, and I was astonished by how little work one could do to pass this course and how poorly it prepares a new entrant. It was little more than an indoctrination course in national curriculum jargon and included no child psychology or practical advice. Luckily, I can compensate for this as I have had teaching experience abroad. However, a recent graduate would probably feel completely ill-equipped.

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