Student accessory watch
I agree with Stephen Jones' views on mobile phones ("Hold the line on mobiles - or join the circus", October 15). As someone who left FE teaching in 1997 and came back in 2005, the most noticeable changes in the eight-year gap, apart from the reduced attention spans of most students, were the proliferation of mobile phones and the carrying of bottles of water or Lucozade. It seems that nearly all 16- to 19-year-olds need constant contact with the outside world and are in a permanent state of dehydration or convalescence.
Jim McKeon, FE college lecturer, Merseyside.