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Building burn

No doubt the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) funding is very tempting, and the dynamics of the initiative will keep schools and local authorities very busy for many years to come - with high hopes.

If the Government were really interested in raising education standards and pupils' achievement, the huge amount of money allocated to BSF could have been helpfully and more effectively used to teach an appropriate curriculum that matches pupils' interest and ability as well as lower pupil-teacher ratios (say 20:1).

It is not the decent school buildings but what is taught and how it is taught that really have an impact on pupils' learning.

Husain Akhtar, Independent inspector of schools (retired), Harrow.

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