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I AM gratified, though alarmed, at the confidence placed in me by your correspondent (TES, December 17). I am not at all sure that I could help the Teacher Training Agency out with the exemplification of the Initial Teacher Training standards, nor I suspect could any teacher, inspector or other ordinary mortal.

The standards represent an impossible set o demands which properly exemplified would need the omnicompetence of Leonardo da Vinci, the diplomatic expertise of Kofi Annan, the histrionic skills of Julie Walters, the grim determination of Alex Ferguson, and the saintliness of Mother Teresa, coupled with the omniscience of God.

Colin Richards

1 Bobbin Mill

Spark Bridge, Cumbria

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