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'FOSSILISED' SCHOOLS FUNDING ATTACKED BY EX EDUCATION MINISTER

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A former Education Minister will today call for private sector investment in state schools to relieve 'bureaucratic...
A former Education Minister will today call for private sector investment in state schools to relieve 'bureaucratic and fossilised' funding policies, the Herald reports (p5).

Ex MP Michael Fallon, who until the general election had responsibility for schools' capital expenditure, proposes putting new schools out to tender, building rival schools even when there are surplus places nearby, creating multi-use education parks, encouraging private sector provision of capital intensive services; relaxing government rules on borrowing and leasing.

He argues that more private sector involvement would bring extra investment into education, improve efficiency and widen choice.
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