Premature optimism

21st May 2004 at 01:00
Michael Carding's careful account of his school's inspection experience (TES, May 7) was brave but necessary.

The inspection framework and flexibility are not comfortable bedfellows.

Those of us who hoped that from last September "a more sensible approach" might be adopted have been proved massively over-optimistic.

What seems, therefore, to be emerging is an element of individual application of the framework to some schools, which is something to be welcomed. All we need now is to have the chief inspector openly acknowledge that this is the case.

Tim Peskett 36 Edinburgh Road Northampton

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