On the Fast Track
What anyone who saw trainees working together will have found bizarre is John Howson's description of the programme as a "centralised civil service model". I don't think Professor Howson ever attended a Fast Track event. They were a pleasure - energetic, invigorating and encouraging about future leadership. From my own observations, they provide a positive contribution to the profession, and your article undermines the sense of optimism which has stimulated that contribution.
The brand is not the issue here, and the National College for School Leadership's decision to replace it with something new is uncontroversial. But the notion of an accelerated leadership programme has worked well in this unique experiment.
Neil McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer, CfBT Education Trust, Reading, Berkshire.