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BLUNKETT DEFENDS EDUCATION POLICY

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Education secretary David Blunkett has responded angrily to this week's series of articles in The Guardian. ...
Education secretary David Blunkett has responded angrily to this week's series of articles in The Guardian.

In today's paper (p19) he says the articles 'took us no further towards solving the problems which many of our children face'.

He writes: 'We are spending far more on schools - in real terms£300 more per pupil this year than in 1997 and three times as much on capital.

'We are employing more teachers, have cut infant class sizes, introduced a better pay structure for teachers, turned around failing schools far quicker than before, improved access to computers, provided 120,000 more free nursery places...'

He continues: 'With next week's spending review, I hope we can continue this progress. But one thing will be certain: we will only do it when pupils, parents and teachers believe that they can do it.

'To pretend otherwise ... would be to consign a large number of today's youngster's to the scrapheap.'

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