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Wrong time to leave classroom

IN his letter, Paul Harrison (TES, January 25) reflects on the number of science teachers being taken out of the classroom to become key stage 3 strategy consultants and wonders if he's missing something. He is.

Not only are a couple of hundred heads of science or similarly experienced teachers being taken out of the classroom, but they are expected to start this role straight after Easter.

I would guess that these experienced teachers have a good number of Year 11, 12 and 13 classes on their timetables, just a few weeks before their exams.

It makes sense to have quality subject specialists leading the strategy training, but for something so potentially valuable, would it really be so awful to launch it seven weeks later to allow these teachers to finish courses with their classes?

Angus Gregson 9 Greenfield Road, Bristol

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