Unrequited loyalty

30th March 2001 at 01:00
I am dismayed at the recent payouts to staff for improvement and excellence. Our middle school has a caring and hardworking staff who serve an area of high deprivation. Our staff give their allegiance to these kids in need, but have found no such allegiance offered in return by the Government.

Now I hear of staff in other schools being handed money for levels of achievement we will struggle to ever reach.

I do not deny these schools the riht to this hard-earned award. I would just like to know what chance we've got for extra payment by results?

How can you measure the smile on a challenging 10-year-old's face who has just managed to write in sentences, supported by a dedicated teacher who knows that child may be going home to no dinner and drunken, brawling parents? A level playing field? I think not.

Jan Jarvis

67 West Street

Burgess Hill, West Sussex

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