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Private Firms Might Educate the Excluded

Magazine article Public Finance

Private Firms Might Educate the Excluded

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Private and voluntary sector organisations will be encouraged to take charge of the education of some of the country's most troubled and challenging young people, under plans announced by the government this week.

The white paper on alternative provision for excluded pupils suggests closing the poorest performing pupil referral units local authority-run schools for excluded pupils - and piloting new types of schools and programmes.

Launching the white paper on May 20, Schools Secretary Ed Balls said: 'Many alternative settings offer an excellent standard of education but there is a significant minority that are not up to scratch. We want these to improve or close.

"We want local authorities to hold competitions for running settings and encourage more organisations to come forward with the best and most innovative ideas. This could include using more private or voluntary sector providers. …

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