This is the model we should be banking on

18th June 1999 at 01:00
Neil Munro reports on ministers' determination to signal the start of a new era as the drive for excellence goes online

A PRESENTATION by Greg Aitken of the Royal Bank of Scotland on its "stratospheric investment" in IT and training left many educationists reeling.

Mary Pirie, head of the Higher Still development unit, was seen to shake her head as Mr Aitken, head of evaluation in the bank's human resources division, outlined the bank's meticulously planned and sophisticated online training systems.

Mike Baughan, the curriculum council's chief executive, noted pointedly that the Royal Bank "does not launch new products without prior training for its staff which is interactive and professionally delivered". Education had been set a standard to which it should aspire.

Government funding would soon begin to make an impact, Mr Baughan said, and "much can be achieved with more modest resources". The challenge facing schools and colleges is to use "every last pound from the Government to best effect".

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