Word round the campfire: What they're saying...

"I love teaching. Every day is different, and you find that you too are learning alongside the children. I wouldn't want to do any other job"

Christine Finnegan, teacher at St Hubert's RC primary, in Sandwell, and winner of the National Teaching Award for outstanding new teacher of the year

"It is vital that teachers are representative of the communities that they teach"

Graham Holley, executive director of the Training and Development Agency for Schools, calling for more male new teachers in primary schools

"I have a huge admiration for teachers. No one does a more important job. No one makes such a difference for good in our society"

Tony Blair, following the publication of the education white paper this month

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