Same old cynical quest for votes

2nd October 1998 at 01:00
It has been suggested that chief inspector Chris Woodhead ought to be paid the same as other regulators.

Perhaps he ought to be paid much more because he is unique in his ability to destroy the morale of the teaching profession before the 7am news is over.

By the time my wife leaves the house to go to the comprehensive school, which she is privileged to lead, her day has been ruined. And by the time she reaches the school she finds that the chief inspector's insults have had the same effect on her dedicated and hardworking staff.

Apart from the politicians and Mr Woodhead, who else believes that you can motivate and recruit a workforce by running them down?

Sadly, the present Government, like the last, cares first about votes and second about education.

As you say in your excellent editorial (TES, September 18) had the announcement been delayed, it would have upstaged the Tory conference.

The last Government appointed Mr Woodhead in a grubby search for the votes of Middle England and the present Government, for which I made the mistake of voting, has reappointed him for exactly the same reason.

M F Orlik, 73 Westfield Road, Birmingham

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today