Pencil, Paper, good teachers

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I REFER to recent letters from Ben Morris of the NUT and Harrison Carter, a member of the UK Youth Parliament, over the reduction in education funding.

Could they please answer the following:

n Why was it necessary to relocate the Sheffield Education Department at a cost of more than £33m?

n Why is it necessary to have staff of 2,000 at the Education Department when most schools run themselves?

n Why is it necessary for junior school classes to have a teacher and an assistant?

n Why should the council pay for full-time union leaders?

When I was at junior school in the 1950s there were three streamed-classes of 50 in each year. Over 100 passed the 11-plus in my year.

The only equipment we had was a pencil and paper. And a good teacher.

J Bunting, Greenhill