A bad week for...

1st October 2004 at 01:00
Teachers who go private

State-school teachers who educate their children privately were lambasted in a fringe meeting by Chris Keates, acting general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.

She said: "If you work in the state system you have to send your child there, otherwise the message it sends to parents is 'It's good enough for your child but it's not good enough for mine'."

Primary schools

Primary schools could be forgiven for feeling unloved by Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary.

Asked for his top three education priorities he named childcare, 14-19 reform and the adult skills agenda. The only time the Prime Minister mentioned primaries was to point out that no one complained they had outside toilets any more.

Alan Smithers

Professor Smithers, director for the centre of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham, was left looking dazed after an argument with Mike Tomlinson at a fringe meeting on 14-to-19 education reforms. Mr Tomlinson accused the professor of being obsessed with "bloody qualifications".

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