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Chris Woodhead: ‘I regret spending too little time sitting still’

By Sian Griffiths  

Chris Woodhead, as the former chief inspector of schools, who had motor neurone disease, has died ©Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yesterday Sir Chris Woodhead’s wife, Christine, phoned to let me know that after 15 years, his education column for The Sunday Times would not be arriving this week.

I knew at once that he was nearing the end. The former chief inspector of schools had diligently emailed his forthright,…

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