...but whose truth?

28th April 2000 at 01:00
YOUR report on Pamela Relf's suicide deeply upset me.

Chris Woodhead qualified his sympathy with ensuring that inspection will continue rigorously to tell "the truth".

That Miss Relf's lessons "lacked pace", was "a truth" among numerous flavours of the month. Long-standing and experienced teachers know it.

I suspect the true cause was not the comment, but the system as it stands. In the present race to improve standards, any who have much to offer are disempowered.

Their strengths and experience may not feature on the present tick list. They appear to be out of the running, and like Miss Relf they sadly give up.

Chris Woodhead is not a primary teacher. He doesn't understand why it is the tortoise, not the hare, who wins the race.

Barbara Garner

Primary teacher and trainer

33 Elliot Close

Kibworth, Leicestershire

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