Archives for November 10th, 2000

LAPTOPS FOR CHILDREN MOST IN NEED

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 November, 2000

As a further move to bridge the digital divide, children from low income families are to be given portable computers and internet access to learning materials. Funding will come from a new 5 m pound allocation to the National e-Learning Foundation announced in the Chancellor’s pre-Budget Report.Local Foundations, based at a local school or group of schools, will be developed across the country. They will be innovative partnerships with local charities, businesses and parents working together. At each school groups of children will be given individual access to the internet and computer learning with their own laptop.

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CASH FOR TACKLING HARASSMENT AND EASING CULTURAL CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 November, 2000

Public Sector organisations will share in the latest award of funding to improve life in the workplace. Innovation was the key factor for successful bids to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Partnership Fund.Awards to the health service include a project to counter harassment and bullying. An NHS Trust and the trade union UNISON want to engineer a cultural change and introduce a policy of zero tolerance. They will run a training programme to ensure all managers and trade union representatives are trained collectively in partnership. This will enable the effective management and support of staff who experience harassment or bullying in the workplace. Another Trust working with UNISON, is seeking to address the issue of aggression and violence against Trust staff, which in turn affects absence and turnover.

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