Woodhead takes the fast track

15th December 2000 at 00:00
I don't know whether to deride or admire the latest Department for Education and Employment advert for fast-tracking that appeared under "miscellaneous appointments" in The TES (December 1).

It depicts a sole mountaineer scaling single-handedly, directly and determinedly the heights of a lofty peak while lesser beings are portrayed on the lower slopes making their way slowly and wearily upwards.

Is it a case of crassness on the part of the DEE to overlook that teachers will inevitably associate the image of the mountaineer with the over-reaching ambition of one recently-departed individual?

Or is it an extremely clever subliminal message to encourage other would-be Woodheads to contribute to New Labour's modernising project ?

I suspect the former, but then I have never climbed mountains single-handedly.

Colin Richards 1 Bobbin Mill Spark Bridge, Cumbria Cumbria


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