Solution to shortage lies at home

22nd September 2000 at 01:00
I AM writing in response to the many reports highlighting the shortage of teachers in the south-east of England, particularly in London.

Articles complaining about the reliance of London schools on supply teachers, imports from other countries, and the inability to fill permanent positions in London schools frustrate me intensely.

I am a young science teacher, who would be more than willing to move 250 miles south to teach in the London area, if indeed I could afford to pay for my accommodation once I got there!

Schools are looking to foreign shores, paying expenses and assisting with the accommodation of teachers from overseas, or alternatively pying pound;100-plus per day (discounting the agency fee) to supply teachers, when perhaps it would make more sense economically to invest this money in attracting young, ambitious teachers, such as myself, to the capital.

I for one would welcome any additional help with finding and maintaining accommodation in London, as at present this is the only obstacle preventing me from helping fill the much bemoaned vacancies.

Please give young British teachers a fighting chance to secure and maintain jobs in areas in need, but where basic cost of living is beyond their means.

Helen Davison

103 Hotspur Street



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