Staff are key in deprived areas

27th October 2000 at 01:00
I READ with interest the article "Inclusion moves to the country" (TES, October 15). While social deprivation can have a devastating affect on the aspirations of the community, which in turn is reflected in school performance, Thetford has been working hard as a community to turn this situation round.

Through the hard work of staff and pupils, and with support from the action zone standards are rising across all scools within the town. However, no matter how much funding is directed at socially deprived areas, standards will not rise unless we can attract and retain high calibre staff. The schools and pupils of Thetford deserve the best. While we have some excellent teachers we need mechanisms and funding to attract more.

M J Birmingham

Acting headteacher

Charles Burrell school



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