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Private view

As a private-sector company working with schools and local education authorities to improve leadership, retention and professional development, you might be surprised to hear that we agree with most of John Dunford's views (TES, January 23). In our experience, school improvement should be owned by the people who have dedicated their careers to education.

However, we also believe that private-sector companies have a vital role to play in school improvement, as they can draw out the talent and expertise of public sector leaders, and provide a wider perspective on the problems schools face.

Russell Hobby Education manager, Hay Group 33 Grosvenor Place, London SW1

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