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UNIONS CONCERN OVER BEACON SCHOOLS & SPREAD OF GOOD PRACTICE

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Commenting on announcement by school standards minister Stephen Byers on the establishment of beacon schools to spr...
Commenting on announcement by school standards minister Stephen Byers on the establishment of beacon schools to spread good educational practice (see LGCnet today), NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy said:

'I would reject any suggestion that the 100 named schools represent the sum total of successful schools in the education system. These schools are in the list by chance having been inspected at a particular time, meeting the criteria of the time.

'Nor would I accept any suggestions that these schools are better than schools which have had no opportunity to be included in this Oscar winners list.

'If they have valuable expertise they can share and practical support and advice to offer other schools, that is valuable.

'I welcome that fact that the government is releasing funding to underpin this development.'

NAHT SUPPORTS BEACON SCHOOLS BUT WITH SOME RESERVATIONS

NAHT general secretary David Hart commented:

'The NAHT has no problems with the concept of beacon schools because the need to spread good practice round the education system is long overdue. The hallmark of the profession is that it shares best practice. But there is a very considerable risk that the small number of schools in the scheme will be regarded as a elite group.

'Accordingly it is imperative that the scheme be expanded as quickly as possible so that the many excellent schools in the state system can spread their good practice of the benefit of all concerned.'

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