Bordeaux bait

17th March 2000 at 00:00
SECONDARY heads may have been forgiven for looking a little bleary-eyed on Monday. Their association's annual conference in Harrogate last weekend sounded like a Bacchanalian feast, with no fewer than five wine receptions over two days.

Clearly, a gauntlet has been thrown down to the rest of the unions (SHA sneaked in first this year) and they've got results o show for it, too - a healthy crop of DFEE officials in attendance, including permanent secretary Michael Bichard.

Bichard is not often seen at union conferences but he was guest speaker at Harrogate and had words of encouragement for the heads: a good Bordeaux on the menu next time, he said, and they might even persuade David Blunkett to attend.

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