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REACTION TO EXPANSION OF SPECIALIST SCHOOLS

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Commenting on the announcement today of an expansion of specialist schools to allow all secondary schools which mee...
Commenting on the announcement today of an expansion of specialist schools to allow all secondary schools which meet the criteria to apply for specialist status*, John Bangs, head of the NUT's education department, said:

'Quite clearly the education secretary recognizes that a two-tier education system does not work. We welcome his insight. I suspect he believes that specialist schools are an unnecessary diversion but is constrained by Downing Street from acting on that belief.

'Only yesterday Ofsted told MPs that there was no proof that specialist schools were better than ordinary comprehensives. That view echoes the findings of recent OECD research.

'Yet today we have an announcement which ignores the evidence.

'All schools are unique. That fact, and the success of comprehensive schools, should be recognized and celebrated by government. The education secretary should spend his time promoting standards rather than concentrating on structures.'

See GREEN LIGHT FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO BECOME SPECIALISTon LGCnet.

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