Chance of reform has to be seized

24th November 2000 at 00:00
I DO not find it difficult to think of Mr Woodhead as a product of the wild imaginings of Ted Wragg's mind (TES, November 17), though I hope the echoes of his existence will rapidly recede.

Unfortunately, it would appear that he will be able to rant from the sidelines, like that other demagogue, a previous prime minister.

Despite the current rancour, the rapid development of self-monitoring structures in schools, the shred will to improve, and the understanding that castigation debases the human spirit, all suggest something better can emerge.

The timing of the National Association of Headteachers' proposals for a new form of schools' inspection could not be better. Reform is necessary. Let us hope that ministers seize this opportunity.

David Osborne

Education consultant

15 Upper Grange Road

Beccles, Suffolk

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