Teachers in their 'latter schooldays' want to be heard

11th December 2009 at 00:00

Like many in the profession, I have been dismayed by the unacceptable under-employment of newly-qualified teachers. It is a paradoxical situation at this time of "transformational change" when schools would benefit from their energy and enthusiasm, as well as their capacity to drive forward the new curriculum with a "blank page" approach.

Compounding matters is your revelation that 29 local authorities have flouted the concordat between central and local government which stipulates that staffing levels should be maintained, thus compromising the existing workforce.

Then, when the former Education Secretary came up with a partial solution, 23 of the 32 councils denounced it, on the basis they would have to borrow money to fund the scheme. Yet the long-term savings would surely justify the means.

But there is a third group in the statistical spotlight. As an experienced teacher of senior years, I would like my view on these matters to be considered - along with, I suspect, many colleagues in their "latter schooldays".

It is no secret that there are many "initiative-weary" teachers who would retire early, were it not for financial constraints. I'd be delighted to support the Government's package and hand over my post, allowing a new teacher to fulfil his or her potential as I have fulfilled mine, in myriad ways.

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