Several of the policies the Government has introduced in its first six months of office - focused on failing schools and "incompetent" teachers - have maintained a deficit view of the profession and done little to answer the fundamental issue so well expressed by Peter Smith - "How to produce a highly motivated, self-challenging teacher workforce with the energy, drive and commitment to create a world-class education service" (TES, October 31). No amount of target setting by others or short-term policies focused on the few will produce this end. What is needed is a strategy that gives teachers a stronger voice.
Professor of education
University of Southampton