Equality lacks prominence

31st July 1998 at 01:00
WE ARE concerned that the Office for Standards in Education has reduced the prominence given to equal opportunities issues in inspection reports.

One member of the team has this responsibility, but comments are now subsumed into each section of the report, and no aggregate view of the effectiveness of school policies on this critical aspect of education is presented.

We feel it is undesirable if in practice only the most glaring omissions or unacceptable practice is highlighted as a key issue.

Kay Driver, General secretary, Professional Association of Teachers, 2 St James Court, Friar Gate, Derby.

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