Much to mourn in Woodhead

17th November 2000 at 00:00
SOMETIMES a few people can make a lot of noise. I hope this is the case in the delight over the resignation of Chris Woodhead.

Badly-trained teachers have gone on for decades teaching the only way they know how - the way they were trained, never brought up short to look hard and see if they were letting their pupils down. I believe many (especially primary) teachers are doing more class teaching with more systematic phonics and are seeing for thmselves how much better children can do.

As pupils do better, so teacher job satisfaction rises, and without Chris Woodhead to challenge the establishment, this would not have happened.

Thousands of parents, children and - yes - teachers, have much to thank Mr Woodhead for. His first aim was better education. Will Mr Blunkett be able to find such a good replacement?

Mona McNee

2 Keats Avenue

Whiston

Merseyside


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