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'Teachers and educational professionals are set free from the burdensome aspects of government policy' - Civitas (on Swedish schools)

'Teachers and educational professionals are set free from the burdensome aspects of government policy' - Civitas (on Swedish schools)

'Teachers and educational professionals are set free from the burdensome aspects of government policy' - Civitas (on Swedish schools)

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The right-leaning think tank Civitas has become the latest organisation to wax, awestruck, about Swedish education.

It and the political editor of The Spectator both urged politicians in England to copy the Swedish approach, which allows private schools to run state schools independently.

Civitas gained headlines by suggesting it was easier for some state schools in Stockholm to teach the international GCSE in science than comprehensives here because of their independence.

But it looks as if the freedom from government policy that Civitas highlighted is soon to be curbed. As The TES reported last week, the Swedish government believes there is now too much inequality between state schools, so it plans to introduce a law in 2010 requiring independent schools to follow the same teacher assessment and curriculum as municipal schools for the first time.

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