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WELSH FAVOUR MORE RADICAL SCHOOLS REFORM

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Welsh education secretary Peter Hain is preparing to break with plans for reforming the school curriculum due to be...
Welsh education secretary Peter Hain is preparing to break with plans for reforming the school curriculum due to be announced today, reports The Guardian (p6).

Education secretary David Blunkett will today promise more flexibility for primary schools to concentrate on literacy and numeracy, pending a full-scale reform of the national curriculum in 2000.

Mr Hain has asked the school curriculum authority for Wales to complete a review of the syllabus by September. He is understood to favour a drastic slimming down of minor subjects.

He said: 'We are determined to drive through the government's commitment radically to improve literacy and numeracy.'
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