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PROF WRAGG GIVES BIRMINGHAM MIXED PROGRESS REPORT

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The independent commission set up in 1993 to look at how the education service was meeting the needs of the poeple ...
The independent commission set up in 1993 to look at how the education service was meeting the needs of the poeple of Birmingham, yesterday published a follow up report after research in the summer on how its recommendations are being put into practice.

The Birmingham Post reports (p4) that commission chair, Ted Wragg of Exeter University, said in the report - 'Hitting the Target?' - that the council has made 'good progress in hitting several of the original 25 targets, some headway in meeting others and little or no progress in a few cases.'

Professor Wragg said yesterday: 'Few cities have managed in the last two years to mobilise such a concerted effort as Birmingham has done. We found that a great deal of progress has been made with some notable successes representing a great deal of hard and often inspired work by many people in the city.'

The Post reports that chief education officer Tim Brighouse said: 'We're glad we're hitting out targets, but we recognise that our work it not finished, in particular in special needs.
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