chapter  10
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And now for something completely different?

This book could be described as a tale of two parties. It is about success, failure and opportunities missed. ‘If the Conservatives had known that they were going to be in for 18 years, the whole of the reforms would have been completely different’, said Gillian Shephard. Her regret was at the lost opportunity to focus on teacher quality and, in Pauline Perry’s words, to foreground a celebration of commitment, celebration of professionalism, and of what teachers do ‘brilliantly’. ‘What if?’ – the ghost in the machine.