Adonis commits unoriginal sin

14th September 2001 at 01:00
Tony Blair's education adviser Andrew Adonis is famed for his astonishingly original mind and impossibly fluent writing style, so it was with a sense of real excitement that we settled down with his latest page-turner in think-tank journal Policy Network.

He was on top form: "No matter how coherent our framework for school improvement, or how successful our policies to strengthen primary and secondary education, world class standards cannot be attained unless we can recruit, retain and develop teachers and school leaders of sufficient quality." We couldn't, however, help noticing a remarkable similarity to a passage in an article by Number 10's policy guru Professor Michael Barber when he was David Blunkett's adviser, penned over a year ago.

Barber wrote: "No matter how coherent our framework for school improvement is, no matter how successful our policies to strengthen primary and secondary education, world class standards will elude us unless we can recruit, retain and develop teachers and school leaders of real quality" Adonis does attribute a table in his article to Barber but fails to mention much of the rest of his effort is eerily similar to the professor's May 2000 spouting.

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