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Date added: 09 February 2009

Education in the spotlight 

Government ministers praise Swindon schools
 
Ed Balls in Swindon
Impressed:
Education Secretary Ed Balls
Education instead of the economy was in the spotlight with the visit of cabinet minister Ed Balls to Swindon today.
 
The Secretary of State for Children, School and Families visited Drove Road School and Churchfields School in town, where he spent time discussing government policy with teachers and meeting pupils.
 
SwindonWebTV caught up with the minister inside Churchfield School, where we quizzed him on the recent decision to not allow the first Islamic faith school in Swindon to be built.

But the minister declared it "fine by me. It has got to be decided locally." (see interview)
 
Swindon College
 
Coincidently, Swindon College also received an official visit from Further Education minister Sin Simon, who praised the College's new Diploma Building aimed at training 14-19 year-olds planning a career in engineering and construction.
 
Sion Simon minister visits Swindon College
College visit:
Further Education minister Sin Simon (l) with Principal Nick Letchet
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