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SCHOSA welcomes latest 'breakthrough' in education

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Heads of schools have welcomed progress by the RIBA and the ARB on a joint set of validation criteria - but warned they must be consulted during the ongoing dispute over procedure.

At a SCHOSA committee meeting last Friday, heads welcomed the latest criteria as a 'breakthrough' in the education crisis.

SCHOSA president Wendy Potts said they were 'more straightforward and structured' than any previous proposals. But while she congratulated the RIBA and the ARB on producing a joint document, she said that reaching agreement on procedure was 'the next big question'.

'The criteria will only be as good as the procedure that will be used to validate it, ' she warned.

And she added: 'We've told them we need to be consulted and will be as helpful as we can. They've reached agreement once so they should be able to do it again.'

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