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CRECHES AT SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS: PART OF THE EDUCATION WHITE PAPER

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State schools will introduce creches for teachers' children and local infants under reforms to be introduced as par...
State schools will introduce creches for teachers' children and local infants under reforms to be introduced as part of the government's long-awaited education white paper to be published on Wednesday, reported The Sunday Times (p1).

The childcare plan and other proposals herald the biggest shake-up in education since most grammar schools were phased out 30 years ago. At the core of the white paper are ideas to improve under-performing secondary schools. Whitehall say one of the most important reforms will be changing the law to let successful state schools take over failing ones.

A new education Act will allow school governors to set up joint operating committees. A head who takes on a second failing school will be in line for extra pay, decided by governors - but the best heads already lready earn more than£80,000 a year.

Other changes include:

* An increase in the number of comprehensives turning themselves into specialist schools able to select 10% of pupils.

* New types of specialist schools - they focus on arts and media, languages, technology or sport; in future they will include business and enterprise, science and engineering.

* Ministers will 'tidy up the law' so schools can call in firms which specialise in turn-arounds.

* Head teachers will be able to hire private sector specialists in anything from building to book-keeping.

* Schools will develop fast sets to allow bright children to begin advanced courses before they are 16.

* Less academic pupils will take vocational courses from 14 onwards.

* From this September, secondary schools will be expected to introduce nationally-dictated maths and English teaching strategies.

* The education secretary will have powers to ban councils from diverting money from education budgets.

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