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LABOUR CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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Labour is attempting to heal its customary rift with fee-paying schools, reports the Financial Times (p13). ...
Labour is attempting to heal its customary rift with fee-paying schools, reports the Financial Times (p13).

Estelle Morris, school standards minister, has unveiled a£1m initiative aimed at breaking down the traditional barriers between comprehensive and public schools.

She said the government had 'no wish to interfere unnecessarily with the autonomy of successful independent schools' and parents had the right 'to choose an independent school for their child'.

Her comments were made in a speech yesterday to the Headmasters and Headmistresses conference. It was the first time a Labour minister has addressed the body which represents the private education sector.

Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said the money would be better spent on 'speeding up the reduction of class sizes and providing books'.
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