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Teachers now better trained says Morris.

FORMER Education Secretary and Coventry teacher Estelle Morris visited the University of Warwick to tell education students they will soon be doing the country's most important job.

Ms Morris returned to the city where she began her teaching career to give a lecture to students beginning their one-year post-graduate certificate in education course.

She trained as a teacher at Coventry College of Education, Canley, which is now part of the university.

She said: "I think teaching is the most important profession there is. The students are very fortunate. They have chosen a profession where they can really make a difference.

"Some things are the same as when I trained at Sidney Stringer. It's still about liking kids and about the relationships teachers make with children.

"But teachers are much better trained and the whole context has changed."

The former MP is soon to become honorary professor of education at the university.

She taught at the city's Sidney Stringer School and was Labour leader of Warwick District Council before becoming MP for Birmingham, Yardley, and holding ministerial posts in education and the arts.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 21, 2005
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