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DELEGATES NOT AMUSED BY EDUCATION ACTION ZONE PLANS

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The Times Educational Supplement (p5) reports from the North of England Education Conference where head of the gove...
The Times Educational Supplement (p5) reports from the North of England Education Conference where head of the government's standards and effectiveness unit Michael Barber announced details of the School Standards and Framework Bill. Delegates' reactions were not favourable. Some were outraged that the guidelines had been published without consultation. One delegate is quoted: 'It's the arrogance of power.'

Education chairman at the Local Government Association Graham Lane is said by the TES to have 'snapped'. He 'raged' that it was tantamount to privatisation of schools and the end of local democracy. He is also said to have suggested it was a conspiracy hatched by civil servants and shadowy ideologues to do away with local education authorities. But the TES points out that many LEAs, including Lane's own, applied to be involved in the Education Action Zones.

NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy is quoted as saying he would be monitoring the new arrangements for teachers' contracts and will seek to protect his members' conditions. He is also concerned about the effect on schools just outside a zone if their good teachers are enticed away by better pay or prospects.
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