IN reply to the letter entitled “Very provocative” by name supplied, County Durham (HAS, Feb 3), your ignorance astounds me.

“Want a good job?” Here are some facts. Teachers do not go home when the children do, they are contracted to work set hours weekly and spend time preparing lessons, marking work, keeping records of a child’s progress and learning for feedback to parents and senior staff. This means they are also at work when the school is closes.

Educational trips can involve staying away from home for no extra pay and being responsible for the children at all times. And most importantly, I have yet to see a teacher shout and scream at children in their care.

Stephen Jacobs, West Auckland