Archives for September 21st, 2000

INNER CITY SCHOOLS IMPROVE FASTER

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 September, 2000

Key stage results announced by the DfEE show that inner city schools have made significant improvements in both English and maths. The results showed improvements across the country of 3 per cent in maths and 4 per cent in English, meaning that the Government is on target for its 2002 goals. 72 per cent of 11 year olds are reaching the expected standard in maths as are 75 per cent in English.Tower Hamlets in East London is the most improved Local Education Authority in the country with the highest percentage increase in the number of children achieving Key Stage 2 (Level 4) in both English and maths.

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TIGHT VETTING MAKES BETTER REGULATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 September, 2000

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been praised for the rigorous test it is applying to new regulation. The Cabinet Office is overseeing a move across Government to make regulation less burdensome, and its Minister Mo Mowlam has welcomed the authority’s approach to financial regulation.The FSA subjects new regulation to detailed cost/benefit analyses, risk assessments and consideration of the impact on small businesses. The FSA is seeking optimum regulatory efficiency by consolidating and harmonising the rules of the previous regulators which the FSA will replace.

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WHEN EVERYTHING ISN’T HALF ENOUGH – WORK LIFE BALANCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 September, 2000

Wetlaufer SHarvard Business Review, (USA), Mar – Apr 2000 Vol 78 No 2

Start page: 28. No of pages: 7

Explores the need for a balanced personal approach to achieving work and life goals. Uses a fictitious case study of a high achiever from an underprivileged background who has built material and business success at the cost of personal isolation and subsequently comes to question the value of what he has achieved. Puts forward views from a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur (who has moved away from the lifestyle described in the case) and a writer of books about personal growth. Advocates spending time reassessing priorities, re-establishing family links and making some conscious choices about goals and values in order to move forward with greater energy and enthusiasm. Emphasizes that this cannot be achieved in isolation and requires both professional and family involvement.

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