Whatever it costs, education is priceless

8th November 2013 at 00:00

Last week's editorial is correct. Those of us arguing for greater equality should not be downhearted at the fact that "wider, largely economic, determinants" (particularly poverty) are the overriding influence on educational achievement. That may well apply generally but it does not necessarily apply to particular individuals. For some, although sadly not all, students, teachers can make a huge, life-enhancing difference. Most often that difference is not apparent at the time. The best teachers work on the assumption that such a student may well be in their class and teach accordingly.

Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today