For one thing, it is not necessary. Every year, I write honest references for weak students, who despite advice, have produced inarticulate, misspelt statements containing little evidence of activity beyond watching TV. However, not one of has failed to gain several offers.
It is vital that teachers are honest not only because that is right but also because that is the only way the Government will trust our judgment. The alternative to trust is far worse. Does Mr Hunter really want to supervise "e-portfolios" which Mike Tomlinson (TES, January 3) says will give a more useful picture of a student's abilities?
Eleanor Benson Christ Church Vicarage 87 Barnston Road Heswall, Cheshire