Archives for July 20th, 2001

ACCESS TO EMERGENCY RADIO SERVICE WIDENED

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2001

Access to BT Airwave, the digital radio service restricted for use by police, fire and ambulance services, is to be extended to allow greater joined up communication. The Department of Trade and Industry has approve the extension of the service to groups which either respond to emergencies, or interact with those who do so to help agencies be better equipped to work together to enhance public safety.The new users include NHS Primary Care Groups and Primary Care Trusts. Within these groups and trusts there are community nursing teams, district nurses, midwives, psychiatric nurses and GPs with social services staff. Closed Circuit TV control rooms are also included in the extension because they need to pass information to the “blue light” services such as city centre CCTV operators to steer police or medical teams to the precise location of city centre incidents.

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PRIVATE SECTOR BOOSTING EDUCATION STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2001

Businesses around the UK are contributing some 37 million pounds in sponsorship for schools in Education Action Zones. The Government provides a further 100 million pounds to support the Zones. The Zones are partnerships between parents, schools, businesses, Local Education Authorities, Learning and Skills Councils and clusters of schools established to raise standards in deprived areas. The 131 Zones are located in some of the most deprived areas of England and their aim is to raise standards in participating schools in new and innovative learning. They also seek to foster a more co-operative learning environment with people working together to achieve the best results.In the two years since the first zone was launched they have achieved improvements in primary and secondary schools with exam results improving faster than the national average. The Zones have brought in new skills, extra resources, and management expertise introduced through the participation of 850 businesses. Because of this success the three year life of some 70 zones has now been extended for a further two years.

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