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BLUNKETT PLEDGES TO END DIVISIONS IN EDUCATION

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Labour education and employment spokesman David Blunkett has vowed to heal rifts within the education service, repo...
Labour education and employment spokesman David Blunkett has vowed to heal rifts within the education service, reports the Times Educational Supplement (p3).

Mr Blunkett, who is expected to be named education and employment secretary after Labour's election win, said at an education summit that the priority would be to rebuild relationships destroyed by market-driven policies.

The education service had been divided by the philosophy that conflict and market ideas would raise standards. It had set 'school against school, community against community', he said.

Mr Blunkett was addressing a selected audience of head teachers and academics, including a group of head teachers from socially-troubled areas, in a bid to underline Labour's commitment to 'education as social justice'.
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