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Meanwhile, the refusal by the National Union of Teachers to sign the workload deal is earning it mythical status.

Julia Harper, a member of the new National Remodelling Team, the National College for School Leadership outfit set up to help support schools and LEAs implement the agreement, has admitted she is working with regional NUT representatives.

But any contact is strictly hush-hush: "It's a bit like Harry Potter. You can't mention Voldemort (Harry's arch-enemy, whose name is never spoken).

You talk about the 'non-signatory'." So does that make Charles Clarke Hagrid or Dumbledore? And Miliband? Hermione, presumably.

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