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MANAGEMENT TEAMS COULD REPLACE COUNCIL CONTROL OF 'DUFF' SCHOOLS

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Education Secretary John Patten said he has a list of several hundred 'duff' schools, mostly in inner cities, where...
Education Secretary John Patten said he has a list of several hundred 'duff' schools, mostly in inner cities, where the march of reform is being 'debauched', the Financial Times reports (p11).

Mr Patten said he is considering introducing management teams, called 'educational associations' to replace council control of the schools.

David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said the issue could become a battlefield for the next few years.

Mr Patten, who was speaking to business leaders at the launch of Education in Industry, said there would be action after January 1. He refused to name the schools but said most were in inner cities, with concentrations in a few London boroughs.

National Union of Teachers general secretary Doug McAvoy described the remarks as insulting and unhelpful and unlikely to help the situation, the Financial Times reports.
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