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Sir Mike Tomlinson seems to enjoy a challenge. He succeeded Chris Woodhead as Chief Inspector of Schools, dealt with the 2002 exams fiasco and chaired the Working Group on 14-19 Reform which became the Tomlinson Report.

In a frank discussion with the late Ted Wragg, he argues that we have one of the most over-examined systems in the world. He says: "I just want a sensible balance between external examinations and the professional judgement of our teachers."

However, he is positive about the state of the teaching profession. ?There is a genuine improvement in the quality of teaching. It's an improvement on a scale which I don?t think is matched by any other public service sector. And teachers get little or no credit for it,? he tells Ted Wragg.

When asked about the government's response to his report, he says: "Unless we have an education system which enables all young people's talents and abilities to be identified, nurtured and recognised, then we will pay a price."

Part of the series: Ted Wragg Meets...

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