Soundly bitten

6th February 1998 at 00:00
It is ironic that chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead should seek to instruct Tim Brighouse's authority about rhetoric, since Mr Woodhead's whole achievement has been in public relations.

Birmingham is a serious threat. If you can improve pupil performance by encouraging and supporting teachers, by dealing effectively but quietly with a few instances of incompetence, then we no longer need naming and shaming, and the sweeping soundbite. And what does Woodhead do then?

PAUL FRANCIS Much Wenlock Shropshire

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