Recruiting teachers SIR – The idea that a new teacher in Britain could afford to have a family and a mortgage is becoming a distant dream, though you wouldn’t think so from the Department for Education’s latest recruitment campaign. In the television advertisement, salaries of £65,000 are offered as the glittering prize for the dedicated. Around 100 complaints have already been received by the Advertising Standards Authority and it is now investigating whether the advertisement is misleading. The claim that teachers could earn as “leading practitioners” what was until recently the basic salary of an MP is in fact unlikely. Very few teachers will ever earn such a figure, and even then it is only a realistic prospect if they work in London and have been singled out by the head teacher to receive it after taking on extra duties. It is a tragedy that teacher numbers are plummeting while the student population rises. But the Government has not made teachers feel valued, so they leave. Misleading potential newcomers about financial expectations will not balance this loss. Rosie Brocklehurst St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex Well said!