Small mercies

15th June 2001 at 01:00
I am head of a small school. I am also special needs co-ordinator, have a two-and-a-half day class teaching commitment, no deputy, and no key-stage managers.

I wonder therefore why Clive Hallett and his colleagues in their large Oxfordshire primaries ("Bigger schools have harder life", TES, June 1) begrudge us a little Standards Fund money coming to our school. Just because this is a small school, it does not exclude me from performance management, threshold assessment and the rest. Moneyto release me from class teaching from time to time has been the saving of my and my staff's health and sanity. Small schools give brilliant value for money when you take into account the hours of staff time that go into them.

Perhaps Mr Hallett should focus on campaigning for more education funding generally, instead of begrudging us a much-needed boost. What price solidarity?

Christine Cullen

Newdigate CE School

Village Street, Newdigate, Surrey


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