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Steer a course to the classroom

LETTERS

Having carried out a survey of incorporated and chartered engineers, many have expressed a desire to take early retirement or dovetail existing self employment commitments to register as supply teachers in mathematics, physics, technology and environmental science subjects.

However the barriers to this proposal lay with the employment regulations surrounding teachers.

Specifically, training demands a one year postgraduate degree in (secondary) education but this is, in my opinion, inappropriate for mature engineers.

I propose that a short course be designed and put in place throughout the UK under the auspices of the Engineering Council to provide the basic instructions and strategies vital in the classroom. The proposal to admit and register incorporated and chartered engineers as supply teachers can only enhance and provide support for career teachers especially young graduates entering the profession. I have counselled many teachers starting out on their careers by assisting and guiding their classroom strategies. As an aside I was head of graduate training and professional development for the Channel Tunnel consortium TML during my teaching foray between 1986 and 1989.

Any engineer interested in teaching and willing to be trained with the support of a short course should contact me or Niall O'Hea at the ICE so that an application can be put forward to the Secretary of State for acceptance and hopefully gain approval. Michael Cleary (M), 3 Salters Lane, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3HD

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