Teacher's third-class ideas;Letter

12th February 1999 at 00:00
I find Nick Welford's theory on those who make the best teachers hard to understand (TES, January 29). I think he tries to claim that a third-class degree leaves you a cut above the rest. Not only this, but spending time on extra-curricular activities and neglecting your degree means you're more likely to be committed to your career.

Proving you are willing to put effort into a degree must surely be an indication of transferable commitment.

I have a 2:1 degree and I am proud of it. I am training to be a teacher, not because I have no other option, but because I want to. For that I hope that will make me a better candidate than someone who regards teaching as a third-class profession.

Vicky Whitfield PGCE student Brunel University

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