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NEW EDUCATION UNIT WILL HAVE WIDESPREAD EFFECTS

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The appointment of Michael Barber to head a newly created unit at the department for education and employment signa...
The appointment of Michael Barber to head a newly created unit at the department for education and employment signals the upheaval of local education authority management of schools, reports the Times Education Supplement (p5).

Professor Barber will have the remit of developing strategies for raising standards in schools. The new unit will deal with failing schools, examine school improvement plans of local education authorities, and directing national plans on numeracy and literacy.

Professor Barber will have more powers than a normal civil servant and will be able to speak with equal authority to Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector of schools, the TES reports.
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