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Last Updated: Saturday November 10 2007 13:09 GMT

Expert says: 'Sack bad teachers'

Kids at school

Bad teachers should be kicked out of schools, according to a top government adviser.

Sir Cyril Taylor said there were about 17,000 "poor" teachers in England, who should be shown the door.

He said they were unable to control classes and were damaging the education of about 400,000 children.

But head teachers said it was sometimes difficult to get good staff, and teachers said their job was made harder by things like paperwork.

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