State meddling

10th March 2000 at 00:00
The Guardian

Government interference is holding back state schools

NOBODY dictates the terms to the teachers at (elite girls' private school) Roedean. They are not answerable to David Blunkett, or his department, or the LEA, or OFSTED. They are not bound by the national curriculum, or tests, or special measures...

The irony is that the department (of education) is trying to mulate private schools by

adopting a superstructure of reform regarded with fear and contempt by the private schools themselves...

The great irony is that David Blunkett sits in his office, lost in admiration for the success of the private sector, entirely failing to understand that the key to that success is his own absence from their schools.

Nick Davies, Monday


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