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COUNCILS NOT TRUSTED TO RAISE EDUCATION STANDARDS ALONE

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Education ministers do not have confidence in all local authorities delivering the literacy and numeracy targets th...
Education ministers do not have confidence in all local authorities delivering the literacy and numeracy targets they have staked their jobs on, the Times Educational Supplement reports (p4).

Michael Bichard, top civil servant at the Department for Education and Employment, said David Blunkett had risked his position on reaching literacy and numeracy targets.

Neither he, nor other ministers, could expect them to be delivered because they are not confident all local authorities will raise standards on their own.

This is why, he said, despite the government's intention to devolve more powers to schools, the DfEE has to play a direct role.

Mr Bichard was delivering a speeech for the Public Management and Policy Association in London.
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