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Subject was not so elementary to Holmes

All of us in education, including Chris Woodhead, would benefit from the modesty and perspicacity of Edmond Holmes, an earlier chief inspector, who said a century ago: "I recognise no final authority in pedagogy, a sphere of human labour in which the light is as darkness and we are seekers still" ("I did my best. I'm not brooding about failure", 30 September).

Professor Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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