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BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION CHIEF DONATES PART OF HIS SALARY TO BUY SCHOOL LAPTOPS

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Tim Brighouse, chief education officer at Birmingham City Council, is to donate a proportion of his salary to help ...
Tim Brighouse, chief education officer at Birmingham City Council, is to donate a proportion of his salary to help buy lap-tops for the city's poorest children, reports the Times Educational Supplement (p12).

Prof Brighouse said he would donate£2,000 a year, or a 40th of his salary, for the next three years, and urged other senior council officials to do the same.

'You can talk about these [laptops] as the school satchels of the future. It is essential equipment. We don't want the richer pupils getting a headstart while everybody else is left behind,' he said.

However, Jackie Strong, director of education at Leicestershire CC and president of the Society of Education Officers, said: 'If Tim sees the need to offer support to this cause, it is a sad indictment of a system that has to rely on the philanthropy of its officers to ensure equality of opportunity for its users.'
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