My dismay at the ridiculous news about "children in nappies" being taught "British values" was augmented by reading the response from the "Labour source". (Toddlers must learn British values -Morgan",08/08/14) That the Labour party`s view is that the "most important thing in education" is "delivering a world-class teacher in every classroom" speaks volumes about the dearth of understanding of education`s current needs.
What education needs is well-trained teachers, who are given the resources necessary to maximise the potential of their pupils. Teachers need to work in the knowledge not only that a "level playing field" exists for all of their students, but that they themselves are appreciated by the society they serve, suitably rewarded for their efforts, and that, if inspected, they obtain fairness in judgement, and constructive advice if needed. They need to know, too, that the Secretary of State is aware of the problems involved in modern teaching, has the experience and expertise to solve them, and meets regularly with teaching union representatives to ensure solutions are practical, and further industrial action unnecessary. After a sixty hour working week, teachers do not expect or deserve media reports of ignorant politicians` criticisms.
Ofsted chiefs and sacked Secretaries of State may gloat in having reduced teachers` morale, but disillusioned and over-worked teachers will not be working to maximum efficiency until politicians "get real"! Praise and encouragement do not only work to raise pupils` achievement levels. "World class teachers" are not the product of election manifestos!