JIM Rose, director of inspection at the Office for Standards in Education, is to retire at the end of this month. An expert on primary education, Mr Rose became a member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate in 1975 after a career as a primary teacher and head. In 1991 he was commissioned by the then education secretary Kenneth Clarke to work with Chris Woodhead and Robin Alexander on a review of primary education. They became known as the "three wise men" and their report, Curriculum organisation and classroom practice in primary schools, set the agenda for subsequent debate on the primary curriculum. Mr Rose was asked recently by David Blunkett, Education and Employment Secretary, to lead an independent team scrutinising national tests for 11-year-olds.
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