Independent voice

30th November 2007 at 00:00
There was one small but very important omission in William Stewart's otherwise excellent reporting ("Adviser says his ideas have been 'perverted'", TES, November 23). It failed to point out that I was a non-Conservative member of the review group.

Though the Conservatives are to be congratulated on using independent advisers such as Alan Dyson and myself, and though their "green paper" contains a good many interesting and challenging ideas, I do not want be associated with some of their dafter notions, such as the extension of ability grouping across the curriculum, the repeating of Year 6 by so-called "failing" pupils and the party's fetish for school uniform, let alone its simplistic ideas on the teaching and testing of reading.

Professor Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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