Your report "Private sector bid to broaden career appeal" (TES, February 17) made depressing reading for those concerned about quality in education. Geoffrey Parker, chairman of the Teacher Training Agency, was reported to have said that we must expand the licensed teacher scheme.
However, a word of warning, Mr Parker: if Labour wins the next election we shall have a statutory General Teaching Council and the standards of entry to the profession will no longer be at the whim of a quango whose answer to a shortage of teachers is to lower standards rather than raise salaries. There is little point in creating more licensed teachers if their position in a couple of years is going to be very insecure.
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