Over the past few years, Dr Elizabeth Passmore has led the Office of School Adjudicator with care and scrupulous fairness. I have had the opportunity to see her and her dedicated team of part timers at work and no one can say that they have been anything but superb examples of professionalism. Dr Passmore’s annual reports are always awaited with interest as we, in our little corner of the school world, can only ever hope to see a small part of the ‘big picture’. Her final report, as she is retiring shortly, is as ever, well worth a thorough read.
The late Harold Wilson used to say that a week is a long time in politics. Goodness only knows what he would have made of the conniptions going on over the new GCSE in Religious Studies. He would also perhaps been impressed by the alacrity with which the British Humanist Association can fill the media. So let me start at the very beginning – a very good place to start.