Vocation hasn't a sporting chance

31st March 2000 at 01:00
IT IS extraordinary that sports minister Kate Hoey should expect teachers to give their time free to develop sports standards (TES, March 17).

We are not just talking of the occasional half-hour, but a major, regular commitment. Successive governments have effectively destroyed teaching as a vocation and therefore these demands are no longer applicable.

It would also be a good idea if politicians like Kate Hoey were better inormed before making such remarks. Independent schools are not working on the same playing field as the state sector. They have shorter terms, larger salaries in many cases, less paperwork, smaller classes, greater freedom to concentrate on teaching, and fewer meetings.

There is still a space for vocation in the independent schools.

Andrew Bateson

Beverley high school


Beverley, East Yorkshire

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