Sneering from the sidelines
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.
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