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TV's Tanya Byron To Advise Labour On Schools Policy

14/03/2011 16:35 | Updated 22 May 2015

TV psychologist Tanya Byron - best known for her shows like The House of Tiny Tearaways and Little Angels - is to advise Labour on its schools' policy review.

Tanya, who has a degree in clinical psychology and worked in the NHS for 18 years before concentrating on her TV career, has previously advised Labour on the impact of the internet and video games on children. Her new appointment is as part of a review group to be chaired by shadow education secretary Andy Burnham.

The group will also include Rod Bristow, president of educational publisher Pearson UK, and the former London schools commissioner Sir Tim Brighouse.

Speaking at headteachers' union ASCL's annual conference, Andy Burnham said Labour had 'transformed' schools when they were in power, but admitted they hadn't got everything right:

'I want this review to explore how we can build on this progress by considering where we went wrong, where there is further to go, and where a changing world requires new approaches,' he said.

'In recent years, results for the poorest children improved faster than the rest but the challenge remains to eliminate educational inequality.

'And as our economy changes, we need to make sure we are equipping children with the knowledge and skills they need to get on in the modern world.

'There are difficult questions to explore, such as how we get the balance right between academic and vocational study, national clarity and local autonomy, and competition and collaboration.

'My fundamental test for any education policy is if it will help all children to be the best they can be and help all schools to be good schools.'

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