The Independent (p6) reports that the government will act quickly to stop independent schools making offers of assisted places for the 1998-9 academic year.
A white paper will be published in June which will address the core of Labour's education policy. It will contain proposals for a general teaching council intended to raise teachers' professional status.
Grant maintained status in schools will be ended and replaced with a 'foundation ' status offering similar freedoms to those of church schools.
Funds from the lottery will start financing after-school homework clubs and keep fit clubs. The paper estimates the timescale to be before the 18-month first session of parliament ends in October 1998.