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'BEACON' SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED

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The government today announces the first 'beacon schools', which will each receive up to£50,000 to fund schemes to...
The government today announces the first 'beacon schools', which will each receive up to£50,000 to fund schemes to share the secrets of their success with other schools.

The Daily Telegraph (p8) reports that teachers from beacon schools will visit other schools to pass on their skills. Teachers from other local schools will also be invited in to see how they achieve their results.

School standards minister Stephen Byers said all the schools named today had particular expertise in curriculum areas such as numeracy, literacy, music or other subjects.

Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, welcomed the initiative as an attempt to get schools to support each other to benefit all their pupils. 'If beacon schools can support and share good practice it will be very helpful to all schools,' he said.

But Peter Smith, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, was sceptical that£50,000 per school would be enough to make the scheme work. 'You won't get a halogen beam from a 40 watt bulb,' he said.

The Telegraph carries a full list of the beacon schools.

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