Archives for February 26th, 1999

BLUNKETT KEEPS MOMENTUM FOR EDUCATION REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Education Secretary David Blunkett is pressing on with his bid to achieve the most far reaching reform of the education system for 50 years. He has written to Clive Booth, Chair of the Teacher Training Agency setting out work that has to be done quickly. The top priority is to develop a numeracy test for trainee teachers ready for piloting in the summer. Earlier work on teacher numeracy showed very low levels of competence. The test will have to strike a balance between the ideal level of competence and the reality of what is achievable.

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PRIMARY CARE MODERNISATION TAKES SHAPE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Primary Care Trusts may be given a budget of 60m pounds to commission
healthcare for their patients. This will allow them to shape hospital and community services for patients in their area and to invest in improving primary and community services provided by doctors, nurses and other local professionals. They will also be able to develop more integrated services between general practice, community services and social services.

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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRITISH AND IRISH CIVIL SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Seifert R, Tegg V
Journal of Management Development, (UK), 1998 Vol 17 No 9
Start page: 686. No of pages: 13

Studies the approach taken to management development in the British and Irish civil services, placing this in the context of the changes being made to the civil service in both countries. Assesses how management development is being used to support the ‘new public management’. Surveys middle managers in both the UK and Irish civil service about their knowledge of organizational policy on management development and their experience of how management development is linked to performance. Presents the findings of the survey, concluding that these indicate that there is a gap between policies and practice in the area of management development; that line managers have engaged in the process of setting objectives for the managers they are responsible for, but have failed to evaluate achievements in relation to these objectives; that the middle managers lack confidence in the strategic initiatives taking place within the civil services and that this may be due to the lack of time they are given to consider their own management development needs; and that middle managers appear to value management development more than their line managers. Outlines areas of further research.

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