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TEACHERS FROM USA TO AID FAILING SCHOOLS

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Teachers from some of the toughest districts in New York and other American cities are to be drafted in to help tur...
Teachers from some of the toughest districts in New York and other American cities are to be drafted in to help turn round failing British schools under government proposals to be announced this week, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p2).
The American teachers will tell their British counterparts how they deal with violent, dispruptive and disaffected pupils. Advice will also be given on how to eliminate bullying and truancy, and on how to make lessons more inspiring so that potential troublemakers remain interested in school.
Details of the scheme, which will also involve British teachers travelling to the USA to observe lessons, will be disclosed by school standards minister Estelle Morris in a speech to the North of England Education Conference in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said that British schools could benefit, but only if they were given the freedom to apply lessons learnt from the USA.
In particular, they should be allowed to copy the American 'free schools' programme.
He added: 'If the message from the US is that there are ways of turning schools round, which involve giving heads more flexibility in areas such as the curriculum, pay, the length of the school day and of the school year, then the government should not flinch from applying them here.'
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