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GOVERNMENT SPEEDS UP OPT OUT PROCESS FOR SCHOOLS

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Education Secretary John Patten and senior civil servants has begun a drive to speed up the development of speciali...
Education Secretary John Patten and senior civil servants has begun a drive to speed up the development of specialist state schools and the run down of comprehensives, reports The Times (p4).

Ministers want to build on the technology college initiative and speed up the end of what Mr Patten regards as the 'monochrome, monolithic' neighbourhood comprehensive, says the paper.

The Daily Mail says that the end of comprehensive schools has secretly been plotted by education chiefs (p17).

Whitehall chiefs were told to 'think the unthinkable' during a brainstorming session at the weekend. This involves a radical agenda sweeping away Labour's egalitarian Sixties experiment in comprehensive schools, says the Mail.
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