THIS WEEK IN 1977: School '˜chaos' leads to furious teachers

The reorganisation of Havant area primary schools was postponed which brought a furious reaction from teachers who said it would mean a '˜chaotic year' for youngsters.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 5:00 am

The children caught in the crossfire of the debate were 11-year-olds who, if the new system had been brought in as hoped, would have stayed at their primary schools for another year.

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Instead, they would have to move up to secondary schools which were already bursting at the seams.

The postponed decision was forced on Hampshire County Council because the scheme – involving 60 schools in Waterlooville, Havant and Hayling – had not yet been officially sanctioned by the education secretary Shirely Williams.

Reason for the delay was a wave of objections presented there by anti-reorganisation campaigners.