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BREAKAWAY TEACHERS' UNION BACKS WOODHEAD

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A group of 30 head teachers is setting up a new union in protest against the 'hounding' of Chris Woodhead, the chie...
A group of 30 head teachers is setting up a new union in protest against the 'hounding' of Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector of schools, reports The Daily Telegraph (p13).

Jim Hudson, one of the 30 breakway primary heads, accused David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, of a 'witch-hunt' against Mr Woodhead.

The 30 say that they no longer wish to be associated with the NAHT because of its negative approach to measures to improve standards. Mr Hudson said he expected to have at least 1,000 members by the end of the year.

'Most head teachers just want to get on with the job and belong to a union for support and legal protection against malicious complaints,' he said. 'There are many, like me, who are fed up with unions opposing change and whingeing.'
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