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What's so tiring?

I hope I speak for a number of my headteacher colleagues when I say, following the letters of Vimal Sharma (January 4) and Barbara Curry (January 11), that I am far from tired of my pupils, staff or parents. In fact, they are the only reason I am still a headteacher.

What I am heartily sick and tired of is working in an education system in which a school's Sats scores are the only measure that counts in judging its effectiveness. This in turn requires us to accept the premise that a child's attainment in maths, English and science can be measured as accurately as their height or weight, which every teacher knows is ridiculous.

Pat Downes, Head of Parklands Community Primary, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

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