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What the teachers say... about the DFEE'S magazine;Opinion

THE GOVERNMENT'S new magazine for teachers has been widely condemned as a waste of public money - especially by teaching unions.

But how is the new publication, Teachers, going down in staffrooms around the country?

The TES spoke to some of its readers to gauge the response to the publication, put out by the Department for Education and Employment.

Teachers, published twice a term and posted to schools and teachers at home, has so far cost pound;650,000 for the first six issues.

Andy Schofield, headteacher of Varndean secondary school in Brighton, said:

"The money would have been better spent somewhere else. It needs to have more critical articles rather than the public relations ones it carries. However, it is well-meaning and fairly harmless and I do read it from cover to cover in case there is anything interesting in it."

Bill Allison, a teacher at Hodgson High School, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, said: "It is nice and modern in its approach and, because teachers are inundated with papers, they are going to pick up and look at anything bright and vivacious. It deals with the issues and anything that can help teachers focus on teaching is all to the good."

Jackie Everest, a special needs teacher at Park Mead county middle school in Cranleigh, Surrey, said: "I will certainly keep reading it but obviously I am a bit concerned about its being a Government publication. I won't read any articles which look like they are trying to influence me towards the government's way of thinking."

Mike Fury, of Haywood high school, Stoke-on-Trent, said: "I can't say I've read it from cover to cover but I have to read it and I think it is quite a nice thought by the Government.

"The key thing is that you have members of the profession writing in it without the magazine itself saying whether what they say is right or wrong.

"I wouldn't want to see a lot of surveys in it but it should have teachers and other people talking about what they are doing and what they think about the issues."

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