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Labour education speech: will local challenge programmes work?

Labour has good intentions about raising school standards across the country, but will they come to anything?

By Josh Lowe  

Ed Miliband: saviour of your children? © Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour outlined some big ideas today—you might have heard them, in between all the shouting about pink buses and “dodgy” language choices. Ed Miliband went back to his old north London comprehensive to outline what a Labour government would do for your kids.

There were headline announcements, like the decision to protect schools spending in real terms and a new cap on some primary school class sizes. But another important aspect of…

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