As a parent and a teacher in Newham I am very frustrated by the fear surrounding secondary education. Every conversation with the parents of the children at my son's school is poisoned with the desperation to find a good school and that there is nothing for 'people like us'. Some of these parents are even teachers in the borough and one is the local councillor and yet they send their own children out of borough to be educated. I know that the quality of teaching is better in Newham that in surrounding boroughs because I have had the opportunity to observe in many school in and outside the borough, some considered the 'best' schools in the area. The statistics bear this out. It is not about education.It is about class and race. They want their own children to go to schools with 'children like them'. The irony of course is that if they all sent their child to the local comp it would be the school they want with a genuinely mixed intake. My children go to their local school and I have worked hard for 22 years as a teacher to deliver an excellent quality of teaching and learning for my pupils. My motivation as a practitioner is to be the best I can be and to be the teacher I would want for myself and people I love. Anything less is not good enough.