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Don’t close village schools to cut places, says Minister

by Margaret Holness Education Correspondent

THE Schools Minister, Jim Knight, has told councils not to close small rural schools as a means of axing surplus places. In a letter to all councils last week, he said that, to protect village life, there should be a presumption against closing rural schools.

His letter follows high-profile protests against plans to close more than 30 village schools in Herefordshire and Shropshire. The protests led to a rethink on closures by both counties. Their initial proposals were a ...

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