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MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE SMALL SCHOOLS TO OPT OUT EXPECTED

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New measures to encourage small schools to opt out are expected to be introduced by the government before the Educa...
New measures to encourage small schools to opt out are expected to be introduced by the government before the Education Bill completes its Commons stages, the Times Educational Supplement reports (p2).

The government intends to change the legislation to allow heads of all schools in a cluster to be members of a joint governing body.

Secondary schools will be allowed to join clusters, as will existing grant maintained schools.

The Bill had its third reading delayed last week by the Maastricht Bill, and is now expected to reach the Lords in mid March.

- Ministers are considering an application from a grant maintained school in Cumbria to become selective, having this week approved partial selection at another comprehensive for the first time.

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith wants to follow Southlands girls' school in Reading in introducing a selective stream.

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