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I WAS heartened to note that Charles Clarke is to address the difficulties that schools have raising the pound;50,000 they need to gain specialist status (TES, November 1). I was deeply distressed to see the valiant efforts of enthusiastic teachers, with the endorsement of the then Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, cruelly dashed after a tireless campaign which left us not far short of our target, but our ultimate dream unrealised.

Julian Corlett

Redbourne House

Queensway

Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

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