This is hardly surprising, as any such admission by him would leave the rationale for much of his "standards" regime in tatters - and would also comprehensively derail the Government's scarcely hidden agenda of "social-engineering" women (read mothers) into he workforce.
More generally, the new research on extreme pupil stress and ill-health by the Professional Association of Teachers only reinforces the conclusion that obsessive testing and over-formalised education is bad for your health.
And it's a tragedy in the making for a generation of children that Messrs Woodhead and Blunkett seem to be the very last to get the message.
Dr Richard House
Norwich Steiner Education Initiative
13 Denbigh Road, Norwich