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  Schools get more 'freedom' in shake-up
Updated 23 November 2001, 08.45

Your school could soon be using more imaginative teaching methods if a new bill is passed.

The government's Education Bill sets out plans to allow secondary schools to use radical schemes to help their pupils do better.

This could mean things like schools setting up their own companies to raise extra cash, to make life better for students.

Longer school days?

The Thomas Telford School in Shropshire is a special kind of school called a City Technology College, so it has more freedom than 'normal' schools.

It has already earned millions of pounds from its online information technology course. Pupils also have a longer school day and year, which raises standards.

But the Education Bill may not be very popular with pupils. One of the things it says is that it would give more schools the chance to pay teachers more, to have longer school days.


 
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