education action zone

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A partnership between a group of schools which also involves local businesses, parents, and the local authority for the purpose of raising educational standards in areas where such standards are cause for concern, and particularly in areas of social deprivation. Each zone consists of around 15–25 schools and receives about £1 million extra funding each year, 75 per cent of which comes from central government; the remainder of the funding is raised by the zone itself from its business and commercial partners in the private sector. Each zone is managed by a project director and run by an action forum of local partners. EAZs were introduced under the provisions of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998, and each is supported for a maximum of five years, after which it becomes an Excellence in Cities action zone or an Excellence Cluster.

Subjects: Education.

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