Thursday, February 02, 2006

MPs in England offered compromise on schools

Is this a compromise or a political U-turn?
Ministers will offer a compromise on reform plans for England's schools in an effort to avert a damaging rebellion by Labour MPs, the BBC has learned. More than 90 MPs have criticised proposed "trust" schools which would have more autonomy - raising fears among many of increased selection. But the government is offering local authorities a "strategic oversight" to prevent this, sources say. The school admissions code would also get more legal force. The revised plans appear to reinforce the role of existing admissions forums, which seek to co-ordinate admissions in an area.

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