"Dear Chris, I am very sorry to have to tell you about the death today of one of my team, Jane Rose, who has been fighting cancer for 6 years. Jane was a primary mathematics consultant, who worked with us for 8 years, and prior to that was a teacher in Leeds. She has put up an amazingly brave fight, and all her colleagues and friends are immensely saddened by her loss. She was in her early 40s and leaves a husband and two young daughters. Chris"
In a world where OFSTED, the DCSF and everyone else continue to give us hassle and are never satisfied with what we do, we must remember how fragile and precious life is and we all need to ensure that our colleagues know how much they have achieved here in Leeds, the difference they have made and are making and how much we value them and their contribution. Jane will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her, she made a real difference here in Leeds and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this terribly sad time.