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LGA CALLS EDUCATION GURUS TO JOIN THINK TANK ON FUTURE OF SCHOOLS

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LGA education chiefs have called on the nation's top creative thinkers to take a seat on a panel of experts dedicat...
LGA education chiefs have called on the nation's top creative thinkers to take a seat on a panel of experts dedicated to shaping the future of schools.

Set up after the `Wigan Challenge' was laid down by David Blunkett at the North of England Education Conference last month, the LGA think tank will comprise leading LEA officers and councillors with an invitation to DfEE to take a joint chair.

Other panellists to be announced next month will include academics, employers to outline future workforce needs and IT companies to offer visions of technology in schools.

Graham Lane, LGA education chair, said: `The LGA's think tank will put local government at the forefront of debate on the future of education.

`This major initiative will bring together the best creative thinkers in the field to drive forward the role of local authorities in supporting teachers, pupils and parents.

`Topics for discussion may include improved learning with IT and boosting the school as part of the community providing breakfast clubs, adult education and childcare.'

As part of the think tank, the LGA aims to set up a `20:20 Vision' sub-group of young creative thinkers, including councillors and teachers, to follow the improvement agenda over the next two decades.

NOTES

1) The Wigan Challenge think tank was announced at the LGA education and lifelong learning executive on Friday February 11 2000. Details of membership will be announced at the LGA education and lifelong learning forum on March 16.

2) David Blunkett lay down the Wigan Challenge demanding LEAs to think creatively about the future and set the agenda for improvement before the OfSTED inspector calls.

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