A NEW education and skills scrutiny committee will not “pillory” teachers, it has been claimed.

Tendring Council is replacing its controversial education working party, which upset a number of headteachers when it was launched last year, with the new committee.

Council leader Mick Page said a new scrutiny committee should be set up in an effort to improve education in the district.

Tendring Council’s cabinet voted in favour of setting up the committee at its meeting last Friday.

Mr Page said: “We are not looking to pillory people – we are looking to work with them."