Personal attacks just lose friends and alienate people

5th February 2010 at 00:00

In places where new schools are needed, parent or teacher-sponsored schools, managed by responsible people, have a useful part to play.

Toby Young attributes to Fiona Millar a concern that such schools might be run by nutters. One hopes not, but his personal attack on her and his disparagement of a school with a long, distinguished and continuing record of service to London's children makes her point precisely. To give control of large sums of taxpayers' money to Mr Young would be irresponsible. His expertise does not lie in anything connected with education.

He has a certain talent for low-level journalistic invective, so perhaps he should stick to that.

Peter Newsam and Tim Brighouse, Former chief schools adjudicator and former London schools commissioner respectively.

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

Comments

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