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SECTION 11 STAFF FACE REDUNDANCY

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Hundreds of teachers are threatened with redundancy as a result of changes announced last year which aim to raise s...
Hundreds of teachers are threatened with redundancy as a result of changes announced last year which aim to raise standards of achievement among ethnic minority pupils, according to The Times Educational Supplement (p3).

Under the changes, individual schools will be given control over the budget designed to boost minority achievement, formerly known as 'Section 11' money.

But in response three education authorities - Hackney and Waltham Forest LBCs and Medway Council - have issued redundancy notices to 280 staff.

They are set to abolish their existing teams of support teachers because they fear schools will be reluctant to re-hire them on an agency basis. All three authorities say they believe the teachers will be re-employed on an individual basis in schools, but there is no guarantee.

But Nigel de Gruchy, leader of the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers, said: 'These three authorities are acting against government advice. This is not the way to win the hearts and minds of Section 11 teachers.'
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