Clearly, life is not so simple that all that needs to be done is to swap one group of teachers for the other. But there are two points which David Blunkett ought to note.
One is that it can be well worth paying more for older teachers, and the education secretary ought to offer "top-ups" for the salaries of good people returning to the profession. A long-term way needs to be found to reward good teachers, who will often be older, without giving incentives to schools to hire cheap ones. The second point is that the salary structure for teachers is too rigid; some older teachers might be prepared to work for less than the fixed point on the scale based on their experience, especially if they were offered flexible hours. More experienced teachers can spell, and some of them can even teach. Mr Blunkett should do more to get them back into our classrooms.Reuse content