Letters extra: responsibility for recruitment crisis

7th September 2001 at 01:00

Responsibility for the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention should be laid firmly at the door of the government. A critical opportunity to restore confidence was lost when David Blunkett re-appointed Chris Woodhead as chief inspector for schools.

I discontinued my membership of the Labour Party solely because of that odious decision, and I am convinced that a great majority of teachers were equally dismayed. In time Woodhead's contribution to teachers' present low morale will be fully understood and documented.

Trevor Rayment

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