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NEW EAZS TO BOOST RESULTS AND CUT DISAFFECTION

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A series of education action zones to raise standards in inner-city schools across the country have been announced ...
A series of education action zones to raise standards in inner-city schools across the country have been announced by schools standards minister Stephen Timms.

As part of the government's flagship£200m education programme, Excellence in Cities, each of the 23 new zones focuses on one or more secondary schools and their linked primaries, with the aim of boosting exam results and reducing disaffection.

Each zone will receive£250,000 a year for three years, and will have the chance to extend that period to five years.

Zones are encouraged to work closely with local businesses and external agencies, and any sponsorship will be matched by the Department for Education and Skills pound for pound, up to an additional£50,000, giving each zone the opportunity to receive up to£300,000 a year from the government.

Mr Timms said: 'Nationally, around one-third of secondary school pupils attend an Excellence in Cities school, and standards are rising more quickly than the national average.'
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