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2008-09-29 09:00:44

By ED CURRAN I don't think the Stormont Executive was ever invented to survive your education policy and it is worth asking the question: Can it? People are saying they are confused. They don't understand what you, as Education Minister, are doing. Primary school children don't know what will befall them next year. What kind of exam or assessment awaits them? How many of them will be admitted to grammar schools? And then there are the 11-year-olds of 2010 and 2011. What's their future?...

2008-07-08 12:01:02

It leads me to wonder what the association for those schools not part of AQE should be called? The Association for Bog Standard Education, the Association for Second Rate Education or the Association for Sub-Standard Education perhaps? What is the effect on those children that don't pass a selection test at 11 years of age? If it is not positive then why have it? With comprehensive education for all, children can be given the type of education most suited to them without being made to...

2008-06-28 09:02:34

By Richard Garner Education Editor A leading grammar school will become the first selective state school to sponsor a secondary modern which is gearing up to become one of the Government's flagship academies. The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, will join forces with neighbouring Tunbridge Wells High School. The latter is on a government "hit list" of 638 failing schools which have fewer than 30 per cent of pupils passing five GCSEs at grades A* to C. Schools on the list are...

2008-06-26 09:02:58

By Catherine Priestley PARENTS whose children would attend a proposed new school if two merge have been airing their hopes and fears about the plan. Durham County Council held meetings on Monday and last night for parents whose children would be affected by the proposed amalgamation of Tudhoe Grange and Spennymoor comprehensive. The authority said the move would address the issue of surplus places and provide modern educational facilities, with 1,300 places for 11 to 16-year-olds and a...

2008-06-20 18:00:30

CONSULTATION has begun on a proposal to merge two secondary schools in County Durham. Durham County Council's proposal would see a new school being built to replace Spennymoor Comprehensive School and Tudhoe Grange School. Both are improving schools and already have a strong history of working together to meet the needs of the local area. They also both have surplus places and their buildings are in need of rep air. The proposal to amalgamate the schools would address the issue of...

2008-06-19 00:00:25

A shake-up of secondary education in Scarborough loomed larger yesterday when it was announced parents, staff and the local community of Graham and Raincliffe schools were being consulted about a partnership. School rolls are falling across the country and the seaside town is no exception. As classroom budgets depend on pupil populations, education chiefs say a joint approach between Graham and Raincliffe would provide better value for money in teaching, administration and external...

2008-06-18 12:00:47

By Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Chair of the Association for Quality Education In doing so, we are of course aware that in some of these schools head teachers and governors may themselves be averse to the continuing provision of academic criteria for entry into some post- primary schools. Yet even in the case of such schools, many individual parents may well wish to consider these proposals, and we believe such schools have an obligation to respond to queries about the nature and purpose of...

2006-02-14 08:10:00

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair has survived crises from the Iraq war to bombings in London but he is fighting one of his biggest battles over reforming England's schools. The British prime minister's vision is coming to life in new schools like the City of London Academy, with its glass walls, high-tech classrooms and greater freedom to decide what it teaches and how. But Blair's plan to extend that vision across England's 21,000 state schools has threatened the gravest...

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