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Epitaphs must be on message

Control freakery at the Department for Education and Skills has reached new heights.

This week TES reporters invited staff at the department to pay tribute to the late Harry Wills, the much-respected head of Durham's school and governor support service. Some had worked with Harry on a new training framework for governors' clerks.

But the civil servants' personal tributes are not going to be so personal after all. DfES bosses have ruled that any words of remembrance must first be approved by the department's press office.

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