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Self-help for UK's `wounded' learners

A FIRM of business consultants is recruiting British pupils for an experimental pound;3 million school in the south of Spain. The idea is to bring together the worlds of corporate training and children's education.

Inspired by American self-help guru Stephen Covey, author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Sotogrande School will give pupils the chance to learn skills that might have had to wait for middle age - and the shelves of an airport bookshop.

The school's promotional literature is straight out of a motivational speaker's patter - "We need to far exceed our stakeholders' expectations by consistently adding value in everything we do by constant and never ending improvement. We become a 1000 per cent better by doing a 1,000 things one per cent better".

Paul Templeton, Sotogrande's director, is fond of describing the architecture as "creating almost like a shopping mall feeling, rather than a school".

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