» Wednesday, July 7, 2004


Asked about the Prime Minister’s speech on education later today, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was a party event and he was therefore unable to brief on it in detail. That said, the Prime Minister’s general message would focus on the need to ensure that schools had both the resources and independence that were necessary to be successful.

Asked to confirm reports that the five-year education plan would be launched tomorrow without any consultation with local councils, the PMOS said that the Government was constantly in consultation with LEAs, schools, teachers groups and parents, as you would expect. Asked if he was implying that Sandy Bruce-Lockheart, the LGA vice chairman, had been lying this morning, the PMOS said that he wasn’t suggesting anything of the sort and advised journalists not to put words in his mouth. As he had said, there was a continuous process of consultation on all educational matters with a wide range of bodies.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Search for related news


  1. Tnak you for letting us know about the briefing. We should make the education better on all levels – administrative and local. Partically, we should pay attention to homeschooling and distance learning.

    Diploma Teacher

    Comment by Diploma Teacher — 30 Jul 2004 on 4:15 pm | Link
  2. I am 54 year`s old and I remember going into junior school at age 7 in 1957.We had ink well`s and pen`s with large nib`s.The nib`s were damaged and some could not write with them when I ask for a new nib I remember VERY clearly the teacher opening his desk and looking for one,they were all of no use except one and the teacher said you can`t have that.We had to share reading book`s as there were not enough to go round sometimes as many as 5 children sharing one book,a lot of the reading book`s had pages missing!that went on for all my junior school year`s.But there again we did have repeat CONSERVATIVE government`s in those day`s.

    Comment by george dutton — 9 Aug 2004 on 9:57 am | Link
  3. I guess what I’m trying to say in that I should only hope to someday be as wise as you are.

    Comment by Alice — 23 Feb 2006 on 9:23 pm | Link

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