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Shetland on the mend

IN an interim report on the performance of Shetland's education department, which has received the worst education authority report so far, in December 2001, the inspectorate has found "considerable and encouraging progress".

Ironically, credit for the achievement goes to a department led largely by two heads seconded from schools. Ian Spence, head of Anderson High in Lerwick, was appointed to take charge after the inspection.

HMI says the new team has stabilised the department's structures and staffing, consultation and communication had been improved and schools are supported and challenged more systematically.

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