The revolution rolls on as Balls unveils new bill

13th July 2007 at 01:00
ED BALLS announced this week sweeping reforms to education, including a review of primary maths and more education legislation.

With Gordon Brown at his elbow, the Secretary for Children, Schools and Families signalled that the constant revolution in education was going to contine. He used his first parliamentary statement to tighten controls on Tony Blair's academies and give Ofsted inspectors further powers. He also promised he would be focusing on "standards, not structures".

The Education and Skills Bill will place legal duties on parents and employers to ensure teenagers remain in education or training till their 18th birthdays. It will provide free literacy and numeracy training to GCSE level for adults, levying business to pay for it.

Sir Peter Williams, chancellor of Leicester University will review the teaching of maths in primaries.

As part of the programme to try eradicate child poverty, Mr Brown announced a Child Maintenance Bill as a safety net for families that split up.

He also announced the Children in Care Bill, to improve support and schooling for children in local authority care. This will implement many elements of last year's TES Time to Care campaign.

Full reports, pages 8-9

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