Resignation not a sign of conflict
It correctly points out that I have resigned from the Technology Colleges Trust and that it was a personal decision to do this. It also points out that I have had enormous support from Cyril Taylor, the Trust's chairman, in moving forward from this point.
Indeed I am totally committed to the Trust until the end of this year and will leave on the best of terms with staff, headteachers and the Trust council.
Where your reporter has got it wrong is in implying that some fundamntal conflict with the chairman led to my decision. This is simply untrue.
We both agree that the core mission of the Trust is to raise standards in specialist schools and we are both totally committed to supporting 150 new specialist schools per year to reach the target of 1,000 specialist schools by 2004.
I am proud of my record of achievement in the Trust and will leave it in good health and ideally placed to move forward in 2001.
Professor Nigel Paine
Technology Colleges Trust