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Updated on 12 July 2010

The chair of school inspection watchdog Ofsted has accused headteachers and boards of governors of lacking the "moral courage" needed to deal with under-performing teachers.

Zenna Atkins said school leaders should be ready to "bite the bullet" and risk employment tribunals by getting rid of teachers who are failing their pupils. It was a "myth" that bad teachers could not be sacked, she said.

Ms Atkins sparked controversy over the weekend after she was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying that "every school should have a useless teacher".

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