Glass houses

20th October 1995 at 01:00
I am surprised to read that Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector, is in a position to make blistering attacks on anybody. Your reports suggest that the Office for Standards in Education and HM Inspectorate are falling lamentably short of achieving the targets they have been set (TES, October 6).

Like the Child Support Agency and the Prisons Executive, OFSTED and the inspectorate could be labelled "failing institutions". I hope they will be given appropriate time to mend their ways, but, should they fail, educational experts will be appointed to effect improvement or they will be deemed to be beyond saving and suffer the consequences.

It seems to me that Chris Woodhead's time and energies would be best directed to mending his own fences rather than knocking down those of others.

M O'MALLEY 1 Ash Grove, Little Sutton South Wirral

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