Review for school which targets gangs
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Monday 22 August 2011
The Government has ordered a review of the rejection of plans for a free school aimed at breaking the link between teenagers and gangs.
The Department for Education has said it will look again at the project after The Independent highlighted its plight.
The Diaspora High School in Lewisham, south London, would give all school leavers three months' work experience in their chosen career to avoid them going straight out onto the streets.
Anne Broni, a teacher, said the riots showed there was a need for another way forward. "Our school would provide that," Ms Broni said.
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