Echoes of the Inquisition

13th April 2001 at 01:00
For the second time in a term, Professor Michael Barber, the head of the Government's standards unit, extols the successes of the key stage 3 strategies.

He employs a potent mixture of rousing assertion and anonymous quotation, once again using bullet points so that even entrenched heretics can grasp the good news and be glad ("Word is out - the KS3 strategy is a winner", TES, March30).

Of course, there can be no longer be any doubt that the strategies will be a success, given, in the words of Monty Python's Cardinal Ximinez, such diverse elements as:

* fear;

* surprise;

* ruthless efficiency;

* an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope; and * nice red uniforms.

Chris Sutcliffe

7, Chapel Street

Caistor, Lincolnshire

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