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DIVERGING EDUCATION POLICY IN WALES

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The Welsh Office has increasingly diverged from the precise wording of even the Welsh version of Labour's manifesto...
The Welsh Office has increasingly diverged from the precise wording of even the Welsh version of Labour's manifesto pledges on education, according to The Western Mail (4 May, p2).

The Welsh inspectors of schools have followed a no-confrontation line which is being seen as more teacher-friendly than in England.

But this means that the promise that by 2002 no infants schools will possess a class of more than 30 pupils may be subtly altered in Wales.

Performance indicators from the Audit Commission showed that in some areas the problem is more likely to be that children of different age groups are taught together.

This may be solved by the Welsh Office imposing a limit, near, 20, on the number of pupils in multi-age classes.
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