Search for source of the `failure' leak

4th November 1994 at 00:00
I was particularly disturbed by your news item naming "the first primary school judged to be failing to provide adequate education" (TES, October 14).

Confirmation of the need for special measures can only be made after two of Her Majesty's inspectors have visited the school on behalf of the chief inspector. On the basis of their advice, the chief inspector decides whether or not the "failing" judgment can be included in the written report. It is only at that point that the school becomes subject to special measures.

It was quite apparent from the article that the further visit by HMIs had not yet taken place at this school and that the written report had not been produced. The story can only have resulted from a breach of confidentiality.

I hope very much that the governors of the school will initiate an internal inquiry to ascertain whether or not the leak came from within the school.

This is not the first time that a school has been publicly labelled prior to its written report being published and I have written to the chief inspector to ask whether the source of the leak can be found and, where possible, if appropriate action can be taken.


General Secretary

National Union of Teachers

Mabledon Place

London WC1.

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