A recently retired head teacher has praised the work of current primary and secondary teachers, describing the teaching profession as "stronger than it has ever been".
Writing under a pseudonym for the Guardian, the former head - who had worked in three comprehensive schools and two special schools - said the profession needed to challenge the notion that there was ever a "golden age" of education.
Instead, he highlighted the positive achievements of those currently in teaching jobs, including better provision for children with special educational needs, as well as their adapting to a student base that reflects a growing range of social challenges and cultural differences.
The ex-head asserted: "The current teaching force is one we should be proud of.
"Those who seek to denigrate the caring, dedication, expertise and good humour of the overwhelming majority of teachers most of all denigrate themselves."
He furthermore praised teachers for their skill in helping young people to harness modern technology, while also celebrating improvements in home-school links and in pastoral care and emotional support programmes at schools.
Posted by Tim Colman