Redundancy? Just call in dirty squad

12th September 2003 at 01:00
You are a governor of Little Dozing primary. You get a call from the governors at Big Dozing: "We need to make Mrs Gin redundant but, frankly, it's a bit embarrassing because the chair plays bridge with her husband.

Could your Mr Hatchet just pop over and do it for us?"

OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration - but not much - of the scenario outlined in new government regulations. And the detail is about as sketchy: the governing body brought in to wield the axe (if anyone is daft enough to agree) will probably have to decide who goes as well. Which could mean Big Dozing doesn't end up with the redundancy it actually wanted.

Will some governing bodies get a reputation as hit squads, whose mere appearance in a school car park will cause teachers to dive beneath desks? Will such governors get danger money? Or will the regulations themselves be quietly axed?

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