New Labour (1997)

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  • New Labour (1997)
    • Reduced class sizes to 30 max
    • Split A-Levels
    • Allow creation of faith schools, specialist status school and Sure Start
    • Education Action Zones (EZA)
      • Inner city areas which were targeted with additional funding which was spent creatively to improve educational achievement
      • Alter curriculum to spend more time on literacy and numeracy so that all schools hit minimum standards of achievement
      • Labour believes that deprivation is no excuse for failure
      • Zones were encouraged to identify and meet the needs of the community, for example improving access to information technology and working with families
    • Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
      • A payment offered to 16-19 year olds to help them continue to further education
      • Income assessed and did not affect household benefits
    • Children aged 3 and 4 were given 15 hours of free nursery education per week
    • Sure Start was created in disadvantaged areas to offer support and advice to parents of preschool children
    • City Academies
      • Set up to rejuvenate under performing schools in deprived areas and to raise educational standards
      • Funded partly by the government and partly by private finance


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