Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

TWO EDUCATION BILLS ANNOUNCED IN QUEEN'S SPEECH

  • Comment
Two education bills will be announced in the Queen's speech next week, dealing with Labour's plans to abolish the a...
Two education bills will be announced in the Queen's speech next week, dealing with Labour's plans to abolish the assisted places scheme and proposals for tackling failing schools and local education authorities.

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.

The Guardian (p1) reports that ministers will find room in the Queen's speech to legislate for funds from the midweek lottery pot to be diverted to good causes in education, as well as health and science.

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.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.