Education Secretary John Patten is to relaunch the stalled 'super schools' programme by offering£25 million to loc...
Education Secretary John Patten is to relaunch the stalled 'super schools' programme by offering £25 million to local authority schools to become city technology colleges, reports The Guardian (p5).
But the relaunch comes as research by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers reveals that the programme has cost the taxpayer £8,000 a pupil. The union says only 20 per cent of the capital cost of the existing 15 colleges has come from industry, despite ministers' promises that the schools would be built by business and industrial sponsors, says the paper.
Mr Patten is expected to invite up to 100 secondary schools a year to bid for £250,000 for equipment. A school will have to devote 60 per cent of its curriculum to science and technology and will also have to raise business sponsorship.