Passionate about spurious specialists

13th December 2002 at 00:00
I do not recall being able to summon up much passion when reading TES editorials.

But your leader (November 29) was spot on in challenging the Government's claim that specialist schools succeed just because they are specialist.

Many of these schools were successful before they were selected, which is why they became specialist. That should remind Education Secretary Charles Clarke that repeating an erroneous conclusion does not mean that TES staff, or their readers, will believe it.

But the common sense did not stop there. In fairly forthright tones the editorial went on to point out the obvious point that if government does not stop ramming measures and tests down our throats then our education system will continue to be at risk. So bravo!

Michael Todd

27 Main Street

Askham Bryan, York

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now