Take a tip from Labour in 1949

13th October 2000 at 01:00
Once again there is a shortage of teachers (Friday, October 6) but what is being done to remedy this?

The Labour government in 1949, faced with a similar problem, introduced an emergency teacher training scheme in which I, with hundreds of others, took part. For 13 months we had intensive training with only Christmas day and Easter Monday as holidays. I qualified in 1950 and joined the staff of a primry school for my probationary year after which I was fully qualified and paid pound;318 a year. I faced a class of 41 six and seven-year-olds alone.

After the first terrifying day, I have loved every minute of my 25 years in the classroom and being a headteacher. Perhaps our present government could give this some thought, obviously up-dating the salary!

Dr Julia Matthews Bexleyheath, Kent

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