Don't treat us like children

13th June 1997 at 01:00
As a visitor to the National Association of Head Teachers' conference at Scarborough I was one of the many who warmly applauded David Blunkett as he entered the Spa Centre. An hour later I joined the army of the confused. In completely failing to grasp an entire profession's distrust and dislike of Chris Woodhead, Mr Blunkett displayed an insensitivity that would have done credit to any of his immediate predecessors.

In a talk peppered with words like "co-operation" and "partnership" he obviously forgot that it takes two to tango. Further, in parading a headteacher as an example to other headteachers, he took us all back to our own schooldays when the goody-goody pupil was stood in front of the class to shame the rest into compliance.

Is David Blunkett naive or just plain crass?

CHARLES GAINS, 15 Hall Brow Close, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today