During his announcement to the Labour Party conference that skills academies would ensure "no child is left behind", Jack McConnell said "no child should be held back either", signalling a plan for the academically talented as well. He will see how Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia helps high-flyers. He is thought to favour subject specialist schools.
The First Minister is to pay a controversial visit to a high school in the United States next week which selects pupils on the basis of their ability.
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