Heads will help to target spending

4th December 1998 at 00:00
Neil Munro reports on efforts to regenerate the education system and establish a 'learning city

GLASGOW heads have been urged to join officials in deciding how to spend the Government's extra millions on education.

Ken Corsar, Glasgow's director of education, told the city's secondary heads on Monday that he intended using the cash to form "a coherent improvement package" so individual Government programmes are not seen as yet another series of separate projects.

Mr Corsar said both the authority and schools should agree on a strategy so that each is accountable for how the extra money is spent "in one seamless plan".

The council could then allocate the funds flexibly to schools, he said, although the Scottish Office would still have to be satisfied that individual targets were being met. That could be done within an agreed strategy which would meet the Government's two chief priorities of raising attainment and promoting social inclusion.

Glasgow, like other authorities, is set to receive its share of the handout from the Treasury's comprehensive spending review from next April. But the money is being doled out in nine separate programmes from a core excellence fund, worth around Pounds 30 million to the city over three years.

In addition to the core items, there are three "special" programmes including the new community schools. Mr Corsar is anxious that expenditure on initiatives ranging from alternatives to exclusion and early intervention to training heads and IT investment is not treated separately.

He pointed to the links between setting up community schools and reducing exclusion and the council's own policies such as the development of an alternative curriculum for disaffected youngsters.

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