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Education and employment secretary David Blunkett hailed the ...
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett hailed the

education summit hosted by the prime minister today as another clear

indication that raising standards in schools is at the heart of

government policy.

Mr Blunkett said:

'No-one can be in any doubt that the prime minister is

clearly focused on the challenges ahead for our schools. Today's

education summit provides us with a unique opportunity to bring

together 40 headteachers and others from the world of education to

hear how they have succeeded in raising standards, often against the


'As schools start the new year, it offers an important start

to a month of consultation on our White Paper Excellence in Schools.

I will be joined by my ministerial colleagues in hearing views across

the country through September.

'The consultation is the most significant education exercise

since 1944. Our aim is to stimulate a full debate with parents and

teachers on raising standards and share experience on how to best

achieve it. The discussions held today will form a vital part of

that process.

'The four main themes we are discussing at the summit are: stretching

the abilities of the average child; strengthening leadership;

improving the quality of teaching and the motivation of teachers;

tackling underperformance in schools.

'These are four of the most important issues in our White Paper and ones which we want teachers, heads, parents and others in education to discuss together in the month ahead.

'We all have a part to play in the future of education. We all want what is best for our children. Our vision is one of excellence in every school.'

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