School failings

The ethos of a school rests ultimately with its staff – all of its staff – academic and non-academic. If inspiration, aspiration and determination do not reside in the staff they should be not there.

This week we learn that a group of Chinese teachers brought in to the British school system for a reality TV show found pupils to be disruptive, rude and idle (your report, 3 August). Once again we have been found wanting.

As long as we tolerate second-rate teachers our schools and their pupils will at a disadvantage. Pupils are not guinea pigs in some educational experiment – each child gets but one bite at the educational cherry. Teachers who fail to inspire pupils to give of their best are letting down their pupils and their profession.

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Doug Clark

Muir Wood Grove