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Seven strands of a positive programme

The focus of Excellence in Cities is on effective teaching and learning, school leadership, attendance and behaviour, including:

* Extended opportunities for gifted and talented pupils

* Opportunities for more pupils to set their sights at higher education through Aim Higher (previously called Excellence Challenge)

* 105 city learning centres - 95 are already open - to provide state-of-the-art information and communication technology ... School Leadership Incentive Grant

* Learning mentors: 3,800 will have been appointed in secondary and primary schools, working to help pupils who experience barriers to learning, by the end of next year

* Learning support units: in around 500 secondary and 60 primary schools.

Designed to tackle disaffected or disruptive pupils

* Innovative behaviour improvement programmes

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