Archives for July 10th, 2000

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME FOR HEADTEACHERS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 July, 2000

Watkin CLeadership & Organization Development Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 21 No 1. Start page: 13. No of pages: 7

Describes the origins and development of the UK’s Leadership Development Programme for Serving Headteachers. Sets out the Hay/McBer model, which posits a strong relationship between leadership styles, organizational climate and performance, and which formed the basis for the content of the Programme. Discusses the research that identified the competences that predicted excellence in a headteacher, listing the competences identified. Outlines the content of the training programme that resulted from this analysis. Reports the evaluation which compared the characteristics/competences of head teachers whose schools were judged to be high-performing with those of headteachers in low-performing schools. Concludes that this analysis supports the Hay/McBer model. Indicates the future development of the Leadership Development Programme for Serving Headteachers.

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CONFIDENCE IN JUSTICE SYSTEM AT LOW POINT

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2000

There is a lack of confidence in the Criminal Justice System. It is not perceived to be effective at reducing crime, delivering justice, nor at punishing or rehabilitating offenders. This was the key finding from a Home Office workshop and a survey of views from the general public. Although reported crime fell between 1993 and 1999, high profiles cases of wrongful conviction or incompetent investigation have led to the perception that the system is failing.The survey showed public support for the police, but little confidence in Judges or Youth Courts. There was also a strong view that the system is unfair both to ethnic minorities and poorer people. Wealthier people can employ good lawyers.

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CHANGES NEEDED TO SOLVE NURSING SHORTAGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2000

The working lives of nurses in the NHS deters recruitment and retention. This is the conclusion of a King’s Fund report ‘The Last Straw’ based on interviews and focus groups with nurses and managers across the NHS.Although nurses are highly dissatisfied with many areas of their work, they are intensely loyal and the NHS takes advantage of this loyalty. This finding is borne out by a comparative survey of public and private sector employees by ORC International who found that 93% of NHS employees like the kind of work they do and 69% feel that their job makes good use of their skills and abilities. This compares with 73% and 57% respectively of those working within the Retail sector.

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