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PUTTNAM CALLS FOR WOODHEAD TO BE SACKED

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Lord Puttnam, the film director who heads a government task force on reviving the image of teachers, wants chief in...
Lord Puttnam, the film director who heads a government task force on reviving the image of teachers, wants chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead to be sacked and his 'reign of terror' ended, according to The Sunday Telegraph (p1).

Lord Puttnam, who was made a Labour working peer in 1997, says he fears Mr Woodhead's abrasive and intimidating style will hinder attempts to attract recruits to the profession. He says ministers should focus on the issue immediately and claims that a

replacement who would 'go in and love' teachers would be more effective.

Lord Puttnam is on the creative industries taskforce, a group of entrepreneurs chosen to offer informal advice to ministers, and is head of the government-backed National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, which promotes young talent. He

parised Mr Woodhead's achievements but said: 'The government has to become sensitive to the fact that Chris's crucial role will be over. Teachers will need someone to go in and love them and offer support, optimism and affection'.
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