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ADVERTS APPEAR FOR EDUCATION SERVICES

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Advertisements for contractors interested in providing education services stripped from failing local education aut...
Advertisements for contractors interested in providing education services stripped from failing local education authorities appeared the day after the government announced its latest attack on poor standards.

Several newspapers, including the Financial Times, carried the education department advertisements last week. They asked for expressions of interest from contractors interested in providing education services such as preparing and implementing education development plans and providing pupil welfare schemes.

The department also said contractors could be asked to provide management consultancy and advice to LEAs.

A day earlier education secretary David Blunkett warned LEA leaders the government would not hesitate to use new powers to strip councils of some or all of their education support responsibilities.

Addressing the north of England education conference in Sunderland last week, Mr Blunkett said: 'To act effectively we have to be prepared.'
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