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UNION TO REFER THE CHRIS WOODHEAD ISSUE TO THE DPP

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The NAHT national council has resolved by 33 votes to 2 with one abstention to refer the Chris Woodhead issue to th...
The NAHT national council has resolved by 33 votes to 2 with one abstention to refer the Chris Woodhead issue to the director of public prosecutions for investigation. The NAHT national council took this view because they felt it was fundamentally important that a thorough inquiry be held which ascertained the truth regarding the statements made by the chief inspector of schools, this year. They took the view that the secretary of state had not pursued a wide ranging inquiry, that he had not called for evidence which was clearly available and that he had 'closed the file' on this matter. Accordingly the NAHT national council believes that they have no option other than to go to the DPP who has the power to undertake just such an inquiry. The NAHT will obviously be more than happy to abide by the results of that inquiry whatever the conclusion may be.

Headteachers have to work with OFSTED and with a rigorous national inspection system. It is fundamentally important that they have confidence in the integrity of the chief inspector. Currently a substantial question mark hangs over Chris Woodhead. Confidence can only be restored if he is cleared in a thorough manner. It is in the interests of not just the education service, but the chief inspector himself, that there be an independent and wide ranging inquiry into the truth of the allegations made against him, in particular, of course, the allegation that he has lied in public and in sworn testimony.
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