chapter  1
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The problem of under-performance by teachers

In 2000 an advertising campaign to recruit trainee teachers used the method of film clips showing well-known people recalling the name of their most memorable teacher. All the celebrities responded with a warm smile of fond recollection, which was followed by the voice-over, ‘Everyone remembers a good teacher.’ Most of us can remember really bad teachers as well, although there are very few. Between those extremes are those who are competent but not spectacular and those who need to improve. This book uses recent research on capability procedures as a way to review how poor teacher performance can be improved.