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  1. 1. Curriculum 2000: introduced a broader range of A Levels and a new AS Level qualification In 2008, A Levels were reduced from 6 to 4 units; coursework was eliminated in many subjects. EPQ was introduced and an A* grade. In 2008 SATS for 14 year olds were scrapped The Academies Act 2010 authorised the creation of Free Schools and allowed all existing state schools to become academies. From 1998, Education Action Zones (EAZs) and Excellence in Cities (EiC) were introduced by New Labour. Additional funding was given to disadvantaged areas to set up breakfast clubs, homework clubs, summer literacy and numeracy schemes to improve attainment levels of pupils from low-income backgrounds Sure Start was a UK Government area-based initiative, announced in 1998 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. SureStart is a government led initiative aimed at giving every child the best possible start in life and which offers a broad range of services focusing on Family Health, Early Years Care and Education and Improved Well Being Programmes to children aged 4 and under. The New Deal for Young People (NDYP) was introduced in 1998 as one of the key parts of the government’s welfare to work strategy. The aims of the programme were to help the young unemployed people (18-24 years old) into work and increase their employability. NDYP is for those who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for six months or more). [NDYP starts with a period known as the Gateway. On the Gateway participants receive up to four months of intensive, personalised help and support, initially designed to help find an unsubsidised job. If the participant does not get a job straight away, they will be directed towards one of four New Deal Options. The Options available are subsidised work, full-time education and training, work in the voluntary sector or work with the Environment Task Force.] In 1997, the six 'promises' in the New Labour general election manifesto were: to cut class sizes to 30 or under for 5, 6 and 7 year olds; provide nursery places for all four year olds; attack low standards in schools; provide access to computer technology; provide lifelong learning through a new University for Industry; and to spend more on education as the cost of unemployment falls In 2004, Labour introduced the Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) These are paid to 16-19 year olds from poorer families, to encourage working class children to stay on in further education (that is, 16 -19 education). In 2010 it was scrapped. The Education Act 2005 introduced special measures whereby schools who fail to supply an acceptable level of education are given a notice to improve and re inspected after one year In 2002, Citizenship was introduced as a statutory subject in the English National Curriculum, following the recommendations of the Crick Report in 1998. The purpose is to teach students to work together and take practical action. Tuition fees were first introduced across the entire United Kingdom in September 1998 as a means of funding tuition to undergraduate and postgraduate certificate students at universities, with students being required to pay up to £1,000 a year for tuition.