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£500 FOR PUPILS TO PASS EXAMS

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Some of Britain's worst performing state schools are offering pupils more than£500 for achieving high grades in th...
Some of Britain's worst performing state schools are offering pupils more than£500 for achieving high grades in their GCSEs and A-levels and securing university places, reports The Sunday Times(p10).

The scheme, piloted in Bristol, has now been launched at schools in Brighton, Birmingham and Plymouth.

Schools in Luton and Nottingham are drawing up similar plans for next year and others are expected to follow. Ministers are monitoring the schemes, largely being funded by the New Deal for Communities, which may form the basis of a national strategy to improve results.

However, concerns about the consequences of the schemes have been raised. Chris Keates, acting general secretary of the National Association Schoolmasters' and Union of Women Teachers, said she would not want to see them extended without a proper study.

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