Farcical orders

30th January 1998 at 00:00
My staffroom, like many, welcomes a rethink of the national curriculum with heavy emphasis on literacy and numeracy. But what happened to the need for consultation? Yet again we see orders from on high. This smacks of panic in that the Government knows its targets for 2002 are unrealistic and even more so with the expected budget settlements for 1998-99, particularly in Shropshire, one previous "home" of Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector.

My school, like many, was criticised by the Office for Standards in Education for lack of development in geography. Amid a good OFSTED inspection this was hurtful; now it looks like a Whitehall farce. Will OFSTED be downsizing in accordance with the revised requirements of the national curriculum?

RICHARD CARTER

Beacon junior school Falmouth, Cornwall

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