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Pupils interview Government Minister, Ed Balls
As part of BBC News School Report, pupils interview Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The interview includes questions about the minister's favourite subjects at school and the teachers who inspired him. He explains the changing face of education and the importance of developing 21st century citizens who are highly skilled in literacy, numeracy and ICT. He is also asked about the chaos surrounding SATs results in 2008, and on his reasons for continuing to support the tests in English schools. Finally, he talks about his own career ambitions as revealed in a newspaper interview. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 1 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Pupils will absorb subject-specific vocabulary and gain a broad appreciation of political debate on a range of subjects. Gathering awareness of the views of a range of speakers, pupils will be able to engage in informed debate in this arena. Following rich speaking and listening opportunities, pupils could ultimately present their argument as a formal letter, magazine article or discursive essay. To see more about BBC News School Report and how you can get involved, go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/default.stm.
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