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.
The Telegraph carries a full list of the beacon schools.