18th July 1997 at 01:00
I note with some astonishment (TES, July 4) that courses to enable mature students to become fully-fledged teachers after a classroom-based training course lasting only one term are, in the words of a Department for Education and Employment spokeswoman "designed to attract people who are deadly serious about going into teaching but don't relish the thought of going through full-time training".

Does this mean that anyone who is deadly serious about going into medicine but who does not relish the thought of going through full-time training can become a fully-qualified doctor after a three-month training course?

JOHN R ANDREWS General secretary Professional Association of Teachers Friar Gate Derby

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