Teachers' happiness is essential too
When I entered teaching in the 1970s, the idea of spending money or time on the comfort of teachers was greeted with protests from those occupying a moral high ground about needing to focus on children's needs, not teachers'. The first staffroom I entered had torn curtains, cracked coffee cups, broken furniture and a very downmarket but righteous ethos.
Things have improved since then, but there is a long way to go. Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, has put well-being and happiness on the agenda. Let's hope teachers' well-being and happiness is given the same emphasis, so they can - as Birkbeck researchers have found at great expense - "make pupils feel happier, motivated and more confident".
Eve Gillmon, Education consultant, Fordingbridge, Hampshire.