AMANDA MARTIN-WALKER, deputy head of Beverley high school in East Riding, Yorkshire, said: "It's not just a job to him. He had a very positive attitude. I was interested in what he said about the importance of education for the working classes."
MIKE WILLSHER, head of Varna Street primary, Manchester, said: "His speech came across well, but there wasn't a lot of substance - just the same pledges we hear year in, year out."
ANNE WILSON, head of Monkseaton middle, Whitley Bay, said: "He was very much like Tony Blair - looked like him and talked like him. I hope that some of the things he said were genuine, and that he will carry them forward."
GLENDA BELL, deputy head of Horton Grange first, Blyth, Northumberland, said: "He said he was 100 per cent behind teachers dealing with discipline. It must be quite daunting to face a room full of heads. It was a good start."
BILL LOWES, head of Nightingale infants in Balby, Doncaster, welcomed support for schools faced with aggressive pupils and parents. He said:
"Sometimes we don't feel we have got the full support of most of society."
ROBERT PALETHORPE, head of Manor Leas junior, Lincoln, said: "For one so young, he needs to hang on to that vision and carry it through. And we would all approve of fewer but better initiatives."