Save our status

31st July 2009 at 01:00

In claiming that the proposed MOT will "help teachers' status in the eyes of the public", Vernon Coaker, Schools Minister, misses the essential point ("'So what?' The teacher's politician ..." July 24).

From Baker Days to Ofsted to the GTC, Teachers' TV, the National Challenge, SIPs and "critical friends", acronyms and quangos, quick fixes and brief-lived initiatives by the supertanker load, there have been over two decades of constant "reforms" and "positive steps forward". All convey the same message: teachers are not good enough, schools are not good enough and something must be done. That does not help teachers' status in the eyes of the public; quite the reverse.

Philip Delnon, Supply teacher, Swanscombe, Kent.

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