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WOODHEAD FIGHTS TO RUN OFTOT

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Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead is fighting a turf war with ministers over the powers of a new body overs...
Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead is fighting a turf war with ministers over the powers of a new body overseeing nursery schools and child minders, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p4).

Although the setting up of the body - provisionally called Oftot - is expected to be trailed in this week's Queen's Speech, the dispute is unlikely to be settled for some time.

The aim of the new regulator would be to monitor standards in nursery schools and to ensure child minders have appropriate qualifications.

DfEE ministers want the new inspectorate to be given a degree of independence from Mr Woodhead, who is disliked by many teachers for his trenchant criticism of the profession.

One of the issues causing tension is whether it should be the DfEE or Mr Woodward who appoints the head of Oftot. The chief inspector of schools is understood to want to retain complete control of the inspection body because he would ultimately be responsible if

policies fail.

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