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Government Pledge To Improve Education At Dorchester Schools


12:07pm 27th December 2012

England's Schools Commissioner has pledged to help raise standards in education for youngsters who are part of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership.

Dr Elizabeth Sidwell made the promise during a visit to Thomas Hardye School where she met local headteachers.

 She was 'very excited' about the thinking and innovation behind the DASP model, said Andrew Roberts-Wray, headteacher of Sunninghill Prep School.

Mr Roberts-Wray added: 'It's a fantastic leap forward for DASP to have Dr Sidwell's support. With her help, we'll be able to fast-track some changes towards better, broader education for all in this area.'

At Dr Sidwell's Dorchester meetings, three objectives were agreed:

-  The Department for Education will help first schools, who want to become academies, to do so.
-  Dr Sidwell will work with DASP member schools to offer advice and support to failing schools or those with specific difficulties from outside the Dorchester area.
-  To develop DASP as a model of state/independent partnership, to become a community education partnership, including local businesses. DASP will be a force for raising standards for children from the early Reception years, right through to apprenticeships and employment.

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