New school categories

With the Government intent on abolishing the grant-maintained sector, what does the future hold for schools which opted for independence under the Conservatives? Clare Dean and Dorothy Lepkowska report on the results of a TES survey

NEW SCHOOL CATEGORIES

Ministers want to create the new framework of schools - community, aided and foundation - by next summer

Every school will be allocated its category next Septemberand governors will be given until December 1998 to decide whether to accept it or not.

Schools that agree with the Government's decision will betold to transfer by a set date (possibly April 1, 1999); those that do not will be expected to ballot parents.

WHERE SCHOOLS WOULD GO

Community - most local authoritycounty schools

Foundation - voluntary controlled, grant-maintained (ex-controlled, ex-county and new ones)

Aided - voluntary-aided, special agreement, grant-maintained (ex-voluntary aided, ex-special agreement and ex-independent)

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