Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: 'Clearly it is time this man went. It is outrageous that he now resorts to this kind of blackmail.'
The consultative circular also offers guidance to parents and others wanting to establish new grant maintained schools. They have to find 15 per cent of the cost and the Government will find the rest.
Graham Lane, chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, said it would be unreasonable to base decisions about school closures on whether tests results were reported. Mr Patten could be expected to face a challenge in the courts for acting unreasonably if he did so.Reuse content