eady encourages fee-paying schools to share their faciliti
es with state
secondaries. Its highlighted in Jilly Coopers brilliant novel Wicked! - a bit of bedtime reading for the Education Secretary, perhaps? Meanwhile, you could take the entire staff of Eton and Harrow, dump them in Bog Lane Comprehensive and it wouldnt make one iota of difference. They too would be quickly beaten down by a system which allows local education bureaucrats to squander money, engulfs teachers in endless paperwork, and m
oves the curriculum goalposts every week. If I were a state school teacher Id find Alan Johnsons suggestion both demeaning and demoralising. For a man wh
o claims to detest selection hes jus
t made a good fist of telling thousands of already disillusioned and disheartened teachers they are second-rate.