Dear Mr Hunt,
Having read your speech at the North of England Education conference, listened to the range of news reports in relation to the proposals, read a sample of related newspaper reports and a number of blogs written by colleagues including Estelle Morris as well as current practitioners, I am now putting pen to paper to add my own thoughts.
I am writing this from the perspective of a headteacher who is privileged to lead (using some of the words in your speech) a highly qualified, inspiring, self-motivated and dedicated professional workforce in a Manchester special school, judged outstanding by Ofsted in May 2010 and June 2013. The need for me to give that as a context is not to self – glorify but rather to set the scene for some of the points I wish to make. Please bear with me whilst I attempt to illustrate.
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