Face-saving red herrings

17th July 1998 at 01:00
FURTHER to Hilary Carnihan's letter (TES, June 26), there would appear to be agreement that the Office for Standards in Education sometimes gets it wrong in its inspections, and that disparities may exist between its measurements and those of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

What is disputed is whether these factors were significant in Ms Carnihan's last school going into special measures, and here the agreement is that they were not.

She provoked chief inspector Chris Woodhead into discussing the school's performance publicly, and the QCA into distancing itself from her comments (Letters, June 5) by using The TES to effect a face-saving exercise, and by insisting that somehow it was all a statistical error.

I may only be a parent, but I know a red herring when I see one.

Jennifer French. London SE13

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