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Head speaks out on dunce teachers
8:19am Tuesday 10th December 2013 in News
A headmaster has revealed a list of “semi-literate” applications from teachers hoping to land a job at his leading public school.
Richard Cairns, of Brighton College, said some of the applications sent by serving teachers were “really worrying”.
One candidate said he liked to “see a student bossom”, another gave his date of birth as 1053 and described over two pages his experience flying a single-engined plane.
Mr Cairns was also addressed as “Dear Mr Richard” by one person and as “Dear Cairns” by another.
As well as the CVs and covering letters littered with errors, Mr Cairns also revealed the low standard of academic qualifications some teachers had.
He said: “When you look at their qualifications, they have Cs, Ds and Es at A-level and third-class degrees from not very reputable universities.
“You have people trying to teach the basics to children when they do not themselves have a grasp of the basics.”
Mr Cairns said there was a “lost generation” of teachers aged between 25 and 40.
He has now called for the Government to set tough minimum standards for teachers to pass before they can enter the classroom.
“Ministers need to decree that teachers need a minimum of three Bs at A-level and an upper second-class degree in their subject before they are allowed to teach, ” he said.
Of the 50 applications Mr Cairns received for the post of assistant headteacher, 30 were from state school candidates, and 12 were “semi-literate”, he said.
“These are serving teachers and this is really worrying, ” he said.
Only one state school teacher made the final shortlist, and he was not appointed.
Earlier this year Mr Cairns said schools should follow in his prestigious college’s footsteps and allow pupils to rate their teachers.
The headmaster told a con- ference that pupils should be given the chance to rate their lessons to help deal with under-performance in the classroom.
Some examples from applications sent to Mr Cairns
"I like to see a student bossom"
Date of birth: 1053
"Dear Mr Richard"
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