Support shortfall

17th March 2000 at 00:00
I TRAINED on the graduate teacher scheme last year.

The independent school that took me on, the university where I studied, and the other schools (one comprehensive and one sixth-form college) where I worked could not have been more helpful. By contrast, Benchmarque, to whom the Teacher Training Agency had sub-contracted the scheme, appeared to lack any notion of responsibility for supporting rainees.

I am now in my first post, and again being well-supported by my senior colleagues, despite the imposition of the induction paperwork.

Mere anecdote, of course, but it suggests to me that less criticism of teachers and teacher-trainers, and a greater sense of responsibility in Whitehall, might be helpful.

TR Bonella

44 Mount Street

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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