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Too much pressure on teachers, says former school inspector Gervase Phinn

Posted on 17 February 2017


Educator and former school inspector Dr Gervase Phinn will discuss the pressure on teachers, the constant flux in education, and the need to support trainee teachers, at a sold out event​ at Leeds Trinity University next week.

Dr Phinn, who was one of the first students at Leeds Trinity, or All Saints College as it was then, in 1966, will return to campus as an Honorary Life Fellow to give a free lecture for Trinity Talks – a series of high-profile lectures that will showcase successful alumni and associates of the university.

He wants to address the pressure on teachers in today's society, and said:

"One in five teachers leave the profession in the first five years of teaching, and in my opinion, it's due to the lack of encouragement, support and training they receive in those first few years – that are crucial for them to develop as a teacher. Instead of focusing on league tables, targets and paperwork, teachers should be encouraged to teach and feel good about their work. I don't think we have that at the moment."

The topic is particularly pertinent with a new survey from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers last week claiming that increased numbers of support staff are having to teach lessons, instead of supply teachers.

Nearly 300 people will attend Dr Phinn's talk at Leeds Trinity University next week, which is now sold out. A waiting list is in operation with individuals being notified if a ticket becomes available.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:

"As an alumnus and Honorary Life Fellow, we are delighted to welcome Gervase back to campus – and I know we'll have a full lecture theatre of staff, students, school partners and the local community, listening intently to anecdotes from his life and work since graduating in 1970."

Dr Phinn is the second speaker for Trinity Talks, which are taking place for Leeds Trinity's 50th Anniversary. Other speakers include former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi in May, and Dame Louise Casey DB CBE in June.

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