‘Semi-literacy’ of teachers seeking jobs revealed

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A headmaster has revealed examples of “semi-literate” applications he received from teachers hoping to land a senior post at his leading public school.

Richard Cairns, of Brighton College in East Sussex, said some of the entries he was sent from serving teachers were “really worrying”.

One candidate said he liked to “see a student bossom” (sic), another gave his date of birth as 1053 and listed over two pages his experience flying a single-engined aircraft.

Mr Cairns was also addressed as “Dear Mr Richard” by one person and as “Dear Cairns” by another, The Sunday Times reported.

As well as the CVs and covering letters littered with errors, Mr Cairns also revealed the low standard of academic qualifications some teachers had.

He told the newspaper: “When you look at their qualifications, they have Cs, Ds and Es at A-level and third-class degrees from not very reputable universities.”