Sneering from the sidelines

9th March 2001 at 00:00
HOW very apt that Chris Woodhead should now carp from the sidings. As chief inspector he had the loudest voice in education, shouting down achievements and ruining the morale of thousands of professionals.

The "black hole" to which he refers is not so much one of policy and direction but one of status, recruitment and retention; an abyss for which he must take (but I'm sure he will not) copious blame.

Education in this country has a long way to go but it hs also come a long way. The responsibility for this change lies with those who work with dedication in schools, not with those who make sneering remarks from the safe house of the right-wing press.

We'd all like a cut in bureaucracy but when did Mr Woodhead help teachers to feel better about themselves? Education is a better place for the removal of such arrogance and conceit from its ranks.

John Prior

55 Cherrywood Lane

Morden, Surrey

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