"I do not give a monkey's toss for the teachers. It's the children I care about."

Mike Tomlinson, OFSTED head of inspection

"He is rapidly becoming the Cassandra of the education service, always crying 'woe, woe and three times woe'."

David Hart, NAHT general secretary, on Chris Woodhead

"I ask parents, teachers and citizens all across America for a new non-partisan commitment to education, politics must stop at the schoolhouse door."

President Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address

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