Headlines: May 24th, 2001

Plans for continuing reforms in education announced by the Labour party include more involvement of private companies. So far contractors have been involved in 18 interventions where schools are failing. It is now proposed that companies should be invited to provide support services for any schools. It was emphasized that there are no targets for the number of contracts to be awarded nor is there a ceiling figure.Head teachers would continue to manage schools where there was private sector involvement, but companies would nominate some of the school governors. The management expertise of the company would be made available to the school and strategic direction would be influenced by the nominated governors.

It has been announced that Nord Anglia has been awarded a school contract by Surrey Local Education Authority and this is thought to be the likely model for the future.