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LGA: SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT VITAL TO RAISE SECONDARY SCHOOL STANDARDS

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LGA education chiefs have called on the government to work with local authorities to devise `definite solutions' to...
LGA education chiefs have called on the government to work with local authorities to devise `definite solutions' to boost standards in secondary schools.

Speaking yesterday after David Blunkett's announcement on strategies to improve education, Graham Lane, LGA education chair, reiterated the invitation to the DfEE to join the LGA's think-tank unveiled last month.

Cllr Graham Lane said: `The LGA welcomes the strategy to deal with under-achievement in secondary schools.

`But there are complex and varied reasons why schools with high amounts of children who are poor are under-achieving.

`Definite solutions must be found. Money needs to be targeted to raise standards, reduce class sizes and provide up-to-date equipment and staff facilities.

`Schools may need a new headteacher or an advisory headteacher. Local authorities must create a pool of experienced governors to send into schools.

`Talented staff must be encouraged to remain in schools. This may mean paying effective teachers sufficient money to keep them there.'

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