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* There's no one definition, but school standards minister David Miliband calls personalised learning "high-quality teaching based on sound knowledge of each child's needs"

* His vision is not too far removed from the 1944 Education Act, which obliges schools to provide "an education appropriate to the abilities, aptitudes and needs" of every pupil

* Education Secretary Charles Clarke has said schools are to have more freedom to spend money on ICT specifically to support personalised learning

* Some critics see the Government's vision as a response to the growing number of parents who already "personalise" their children's education by using private tutors after school or who opt for the independent sector, where more personal attention is perceived as one of the main selling points

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