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Thirteen zones for January 1999;Action Zones

BASILDON Zone size: 30 schools

Innovations: Pre-school for every child; Individual pupil action plans; video-conferencing for staff training; vocational training for pupils.

Targets: Better attendance rates; 15 per cent increase in provision and use of outside school activities; reduced youth crime.

Partners: Basildon, Essex , RM.

BIRMINGHAM, ASTON AND NECHELLS Size: 21 schools.

Innovations: 50% increase in hours, through homework and holiday clubs, and mature pupil learning; home learning forparents and pupils; better childcare.

Targets: 20% improvement in stage tests, and in students staying on after 16; 20% reduction in exclusions; quarter fewer leaving school without jobs or training; minimum 90% attendance.

Partners: Barnardos, B'ham TEC, B'ham City Council, University of the Third Age.

BIRMINGHAM, KITTS GREENSHARDEND Size: 15 schools.

Innovations: One to one literacy support; family centres; summer literacy schools; more EWOs; sporting heroes and business professionals to visit schools.

Targets: Increased literacy levels; 30% of 16-year-olds gaining five good GCSEs, and 95% getting at least one of any grade; better attendance; higher staying on rates; fewer exclusions.

Partners: Cadbury, British Aluminium Plate, National Exhibition Centre, BSA Tools, B'ham .

BRIGHTON Size: 12 schools.

Innovations: IT access to all outside school hours; nursery provision from 8am to 6pm; more lessons in arts and sports; new school day; business mentors for heads; expert teachers.

Targets: 75% of 11-year-olds to achieve expected level in maths and English; 40% of 16-year-olds to achieve five good GCSEs; attendance to 92%; cut exclusions.

Partners: American Express; Brighton and Hove Council; Business in the Community; Gatwick Airport; KPMG; University of Brighton.

HALIFAX Size: 29 schools.

Innovations: local learning network; centres of excellence in arts and business studies, computing and ICT; parenting classes at primary schools; specialist teachers; new courses for children aged 14 to 19.

Targets: raising standards at least to national expectations; reducing exclusion and truancy.

Partners: Calderdale; Calderdale Colleges Corporation; Design Dimension, Halifax PLC.

KINGSTON UPON HULL Size: 18 schools.

Innovations: British Aerospace engineers involved in curriculum planning; exchange and video-conference links to Rotterdam; extended school day; specialist teachers; Family Learning centres.

Targets: 73% of 11-year-olds to reach expected levels in maths; 68% in English; 8% more 16-year-olds to get five good GCSEs.

Partners: British Aerospace; Hull College; Hull and Holderness NHS Trust; Humberside Police; Humberside TEC; Kingston Communications, Hull Chamber of Commerce.

NORFOLK Size: 10 schools.

Innovations: self-assessment and target-setting with business mentors; cutting truancy; specialist teachers; targeting gifted pupils.

Targets: 18% more 11-year-olds to achieve expected levels in numeracy and literacy; 17% improvement in top GCSEs.

Partners: Breckland Council; Norfolk LEA; Norfolk and Waveney TEC; Thetford Town Council; Thetford Partnership NOTTINGHAM Size: 10 schools.

Innovations: advanced computer-based learning system; after-school clubs, homework centres, weekend and holiday study centres; anti-truancy networks with police; business help with management and training.

Targets: 70% of 11-year-olds to achieve expected level in literacy, 65% in numeracy; 20% of pupils to get five good GCSEs, 85% at least one GCSE.

Partners: N'ham LEA, N'ham and N'ham and Trent Universities; Greater N'ham TEC: N'ham Partnership (local employers).

PLYMOUTH Size: 20 schools.

Innovations: parenting skills classes in primary schools; homework clubs, holiday schemes and breakfast clubs; early excellence centres for pre-school children; new lessons on literacy and numeracy and for post-14 children.

Targets: school attendance 90% across all schools; 70% of 11-year-olds to achieve expected literacy levels; extend school day.

Partners: British Aerospace, British Telecom; Brittany Ferries; Plymouth LEA.

SHEFFIELD Size: 21 schools.

Innovations: family and child counselling to prevent "disaffection"; specialist teachers, particularly in arts and technology; motivational arts programme.

Targets: 65% of 11-year-olds to achieve expected level in English; 37% of 16-year-olds to get five good GCSEs.

Partners: Sheffield council; British Telecom; Sheffield University; Sheffield Hallam University; Sheffield Education Business Partnership; Sheffield TEC.

SOUTH TYNESIDE Size: 13 schools.

Innovations: Family literacy; community libraries in schools; summer literacy and numeracy schools; specialist teachers; access to IT for students and parents.

Targets: 81% of 11-year-olds to reach expected level in English, 74% in numeracy; 5% more pupils to achieve five good GCSEs; exclusions and truancy cut by 50%.

Partners: South Tyneside, South Tyneside College, Rolls Royce Transmission and Distribution Ltd; Roh and Haas UK Ltd; Tyne Dock Engineering Ltd, Tyneside TEC; South Tyneside Partnership.

SOUTHWARK Size: 13 schools.

Innovations: extending school day and year; laptops for teachers; early start to numeracy programme; Family Literacy Network.

Targets: nursery provision for all three and four-year-olds; 90% of 11-year olds to reach expected level in English and maths; 50% to get five good GCSEs; 80% of children to walk to school; 60% to stay on in education after 16.

Partners: Southwark; Financial Times; Price Waterhouse; Southwark College; South Bank University; Capstan Ltd;Optimum Health Trust.

WIGAN Size: 30 schools.

Innovations: Zone Technology Network including video-conferencing; specialist literacy teachers; family advice centres in schools; new lessons for 14 plus.

Targets: 77% of 11-year-olds to reach expected level in English and maths, up from 56% and 60%; improved GCSE results; lower school exclusions.

Partners: Greater Manchester Police; Wigan and Bolton Health Authority; Wigan Council; Lancashire Publications; North West Water; Pittsburgh Gas; Wigan Borough Partnership (eight localcompanies).

Zones to start in September 1998 (details in The TES page 8): Barnsley, Blackburn with Darwen, Croydon, Herefordshire, Lambeth, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Newham, Newcastle, North East Lincolnshire, Salford and Trafford, North Somerset.

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