Sir: Congratulations on your leader calling for the merging of the teaching unions into one professional association (31 March). The separate unions once had a rationale, rooted in their histories. Now that the conditions that produced divisions have disappeared, so should separate and competing associations. I call upon the teaching profession to put aside rivalries and historical differences and work to create a unified professional force which will represent teachers as fully-fledged professionals.
Director, Institute of Education
University of London