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Bankers plan to help schools

EXTRA money could be available to Huddersfield schools bidding for specialist status in maths and computing, technology, engineering and science.

A partnership has been set up by independent investment banking group Rothschild with Leeds University and the Department for Education and Skills.

It aims to encourage children and improve teaching standards in maths and science across schools in West Yorkshire.

The Rothschild Community of Excellence will boost the teaching of in at least 15 West Yorkshire schools which are applying for specialist school status in these subjects.

Rothschild is investing pounds 500,000 in West Yorkshire schools over four years.

In addition, these schools will benefit from Government cash totalling pounds 9m over the same period.

Under the scheme, sponsored schools will also be given access to maths and science postgraduates, post- doctoral students and staff from Leeds University.

They will work with teachers in the classroom to raise the hopes and attainment of students through study support.

David Forbes, director of Rothschild's Leeds office, said: "It is alarming that 80% of students abandon maths and science at the age of 16.

"The Rothschild Community of Excellence is designed to reverse this trend within schools where we can make a difference."

Schools interested in applying for specialist schools status and joining the Rothschild Community of Excellence should contact the City and Regional Office at Leeds University, telephone 0113 343 3936.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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