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In reply to Graham Heafford (letters, October 17), having taught all ages and abilities in maintained and independent schools, prisons and an agricultural college I believe a teacher’s success depends on a mixture of practical/subject knowledge, the ability to transmit it to their audience and the personality to tailor their delivery to the individual needs, interests and abilities of their pupils.

Qualifications per se are not always the sine qua non of such pedagogic abilities. Much depends on the personae of both teacher and taught.

Boy, you can say that again! Many A1 teachers and leaders had no paper qualifications at all... and often were the better for it!

As for different pay scales, as these already exist dependent on length of service (and elsewhere) what is so objectionable to rewarding those who do a better job - providing of course all get a fair share of both decent and ghastly classes?

Both Grant Maintained and Free Schools liberate teachers from the restraints common in numbers of LEAs in allowing them to run, as professionals, their individual schools with the freedom of action found in Independent Schools.

As a retired teacher and as a grandparent I can judge from experience plus local knowledge and reputation what may be best for my grandchildren.

M D St G Kirke (Cert Agric., Cert Ed., Dip Env St., ex-ABIAC., ex-Head of Rural Science, Science and of History in schools, teacher of Cookery and ABE in HM Prisons and PT Lecturer in HNC Countryside Management), Walsden.