Blunkett backs empty desk cuts;In brief

19th March 1999 at 00:00
Education Secretary David Blunkett has given the go-ahead to Manchester's radical plans for the city's schools which will remove more than 7,000 surplus places. Two high schools and five primary schools are to be created as existing schools are amalgamated. Only one primary will be shut. Surplus places was highlighted in a critical Office for Standards in Education report of the city's education service last summer.

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