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Chris Dickinson, English educational guru, had some words of comfort for hard-pressed Scottish teachers when he addressed a Perth and Kinross conference last week. "No matter how difficult you think it is, it's worse down south. You hear horror stories and it's all true. We do have OFSTED ispectors coming through our windows wearing balaclavas.

"I was at a conference this week where we were having a discussion about who would replace McManaman (Steve of the English football side). I proposed Chris Woodhead. We would still lose, but we would not care so much."

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