State power

NATHAN James, a primary head in the South-east, has something to say on the fraught issue of independent-state relationships.

In a diary for the National College of School Leadership website, Mr James tells how a trip to the Isle of Wight saw his party confront a group of fee-payers on the ferry stairs. He was trying to make the "pompous" public-school master give way when one of the state pupils shouted:

"F***ing hit 'im Sir!" The remark worked like a dream. "Maybe I should employ this approach in future negotiations?" Jilly take note!

diary@tes.co.uk

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