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Labour's blueprint for raising standards

Excellence for Everyone Labour's blueprint for raising standards pledges action against local authorities which fail to improve standards in schools. But it also gives them - and the schools - a central role in fostering improvements, requiring them to draw up three-year development plans and set targets.

The party also wants simpler methods for getting rid of weak teachers and heads and suggests that inspectors' reports could include confidential information for heads about such staff. Other suggestions include streaming pupils by ability in particular subjects (setting), a new national qualification for heads, a General Teaching Council, highly-paid "superteachers", and languages for primary pupils.

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