Hague's 'partner' pledge

2nd February 2001 at 00:00
TORY leader William Hague this week pledged to strip the comprehensive school system of its monopoly and introduce more competition if his party wins the next election. He proposes a new category of "partner" schools owned or run by private companies, religios groups, charities or trusts, but funded on a per-pupil basis by the state. Speaking to the right-wing think-tank Politeia, he said state funds should follow the pupil rather than the school to allow good schools to thrive and poor ones to change.

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