Education Department

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 May, 1993, 12:00am

THE Education Department has called for more responses to radical proposals to reform schooling for the least able students.

Smaller classes and a new curriculum are among the suggestions from a working party appointed by the department to identify ways of supporting secondary schools catering for the lowest achievers or Band Five students.

The Education Department is beginning to receive reactions to the report, released for consultation last month, but officials are anxious to get more views before deciding whether the recommendations should be implemented.

A spokesman said last night: ''The report has been sent to education workers and we hope they will give us more feedback. We want their views before we decide exactly what to do.'' The dramatic changes to school life for Band Five students - the bottom 20 per cent - and their teachers have been welcomed by sections of the education world.