David Cameron has this morning launched a Charter for Inner City Schools (a pdf of which is here). The Charter includes a suggestion that schools in ‘tough’ areas should enjoy the freedom to pay higher salaries to ensure teacher recruitment and retention. English language teaching, streaming and home-school contracts are also emphasised.
The proposals will be submitted to the Public Services Improvement Policy Group under Stephen Dorrell and Baroness Perry. The publication of ‘proposals’ like this may be the way in which the party intends to deal with the policy vacuum between now and the 18 month reporting deadline for the policy groups.