The retiring principal of the BRIT School for performing arts has accused the Department for Education of "living in a state of fear" and denying children the vocational teaching they need for future careers in the creative industries.

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Nick Williams's criticisms of the absence of creativity in Britain's education system are far from a case of "he would say that, wouldn't he". The out-going principal of the BRIT School for performing arts laments the fact that Britain leads the world in any number of creative industries, yet our schools teach less drama, less music and less art than ever before. How right he is.

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Sir: Rupert Thorne says he is grateful for the ban on the "aggressive promotion" of homosexuality in schools. As this never took place in any school in the United Kingdom, I wonder why it had to be banned.

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I can understand the misgivings arising about the likelihood of beacon schools becoming elitist and selective, if they are not these already. However, it would be a mistake for heads and staff at other schools to shun the idea completely. Consider the advantages of two-way movement between beacon and non-beacon schools.

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Special needs pupils get pounds 11m boost for access to schools

The Government yesterday announced a boost of pounds 11m to help mainstream schools become more accessible to special needs children. Estelle Morris, the schools minister, told MPs that the almost three-fold increase on the pounds 4m set aside by the previous administration for the Schools Access Initiative was the most that had ever been spent on the initiative in any year.

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Sir: I am a single parent from the "not so deserving" category outlined by Lynne Reid Banks (letter, 27 November). Thankfully I am in work, and supporting myself and my son.

LETTER : School uniforms have changed

Sir: Regarding David Blunkett's enthusiasm for school uniforms: at my old school, Maes Garmon in Yr Wyddgrug (Mold), we wore blazers emblazoned with the school motto Ni Lwyddir Heb Lafur - "There Is No Success Without Labour". Perhaps Mr Blunkett might like to adopt that as a countrywide motto.

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Sir: On the subject of homework for schoolchildren (leading article, 14 January; letters, 16 January), I was once teaching at a secondary modern school. The question of homework came up, and one boy said: "My dad don't agree with homework. He says you only set it so as we can learn more."
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