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. . . as ARB acts to quicken school exam procedures

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The ARB is considering speeding up its schools examination procedures.

At a meeting of the board next month, members will be discussing a number of options to tackle the worsening problems in education.

Chief executive Robin Vaughan said one solution might be to shorten the period schools are given to correct their failings. At present schools may be given a two-year period to achieve ARB standards, but this period could be reduced to as little as five months.

While Vaughan stressed that ARB would not be stepping beyond its role as defined by the 1997 law that brought it into being, he said there needed to be greater clarity in the definition of 'adequate educational standards'.

The ARB's validation advisory group came into being in July 2000 to oversee validation of courses in architecture in the UK. At present, it visits each UK school every five years.

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