We must start the vocational debate with a positive spin

28th February 2014 at 00:00

Sarah Simons is right, it is time for vocational education to speak up ("To teach know-how, know how to teach", Professional, 21 February). But we should first acknowledge the many positives that vocational teachers bring to the table.

Doing the job allows you to develop skills essential for teaching, such as communication and organisation. It allows you to see beyond the course units and give learners a more coherent learning programme. And it allows you to share your passion while knowing that what you are doing reflects practice.

That's a pretty good starting point before becoming involved in the minutiae of pedagogy. Most vocational learners are bored with traditional teaching methods or have been failed by them, so we must not give them more of the same.

Sally Butler, Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

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