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The Blunkett Review – what do we know so far?

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So in today’s Guardian we have the first definitive hints about what the Blunkett review might contain. An article of this kind inevitably lacks detail – and in this world the devil is certainly in the detail. But some shape is beginning to emerge with some encouraging features but with two big issues not yet addressed. Significant parts of what is proposed are in line with the SEA’s submission to the review (which can be found at

The rhetoric is in many ways predictable. Focussing on confusion and incoherence and so talking about “putting the glue back into the system” is politically astute. “Not putting the clock back” is a bit more tiresome as is the reference to not going back to “local authority control of schools” – not something we’ve seen since the 1980’s. But politicians need always to be going forwards and anyway New Labour is hopelessly…

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