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May 17, 1996

The absence of any Standing Conference of Principals members on Sir Ron Dearing's committee has raised an eyebrow or two. One commentator noted this week: "He's got off SCOP-free". But as Sir Ron explained at a University of North London conference recently, he can hardly be worried about getting the sack. "I'm not an education expert - I'm just a postman," he said.

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