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The current Labour Government in England has committed itself to investment in reform across the public sector, including education, based on four principles:

• standards and accountability – the importance of a national framework of standards and accountability;

• devolution and delegation – the need for greater freedom and innovation at the front line;

• flexibility and incentives – the role of greater flexibility and less demarcation;

• expanding choice – the assurance for parents that poor provision will be tackled quickly and effectively, and that for pupils the curriculum will allow them to develop in the best way.