Dire defence

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Wendy Harknett's defence of inspections perfectly illustrates the problems that many of us have found with the Office for Standards in Education.

If all is perfect as "luck plays no part in inspections", "inspectors are professionals", their experience is "carefully matched to context", and "inspection standards are high and consistent", why is it that "the calibre of the teams and the standards of the reports continue to rise"?

I mark Wendy Harknett 1 out of 10, and thank goodness that I will no longer have to face her ilk.

JEAN HIBBS

Recently retired headteacher 14 Cornwall Road Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

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