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John Rae

Dr John Rae (above), one of the leading and most controversial figures in British education, died on Saturday. He was 75.

He was headmaster of Westminster School for 20 years and a columnist for The TES. He was also a persistent critic of the public school establishment and wrote a number of books including The Public School Revolution and Delusions of Grandeur: a Headmaster's Life.

He was convinced that the schools had to become more humane and civilised and was an active member of the Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment. He leaves behind a widow and six children.

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