After the experience of nearly two decades of local management of schools, he displays an arrogance born of ignorance and sourced from cloud-cuckoo-land. Why does he think that local education officers and advisersinspectors hold a monopoly on virtue?
Education departments display excellent work and support to maintained schools. However, many of them also demonstrate considerable weakness:
* They lack strategic vision;
* They have insufficient resources to make any impact;
* They are susceptible to the vagaries of local political control by elected members;
* They lack focus and coherence in their attempts to raise pupil achievement;
* They are often unable to recruit personnel of high calibre for advisory roles.
In short, education departments have lost an empire and have yet to find a role.
As heads, present and recent past, we rightly question their future - particularly in the light of myopic views expressed by some chief officers.
We look forward to developments under a refreshed new government and Department for Education and Skills.
25 Spingfield Thringstone Coalville, Leicestershire