Archives for December 21st, 2001

CASH BOOST FOR LOCAL E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 December, 2001

Local councils in the UK, regardless of their size, will each receive 200,000 pounds in April 2002 to help them deliver improved services using new technology. They will also receive the same amount in the following two years, but only if they can demonstrate that they have made good progress and used the first tranche of money to good effect.The recently published Local Government White Paper Strong Local Leadership sets out a vision of partnership working, both between local councils and with other bodies in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The DTLR is seeking further evidence of how partnerships will contribute to delivering joined up, e.enabled services and details will be announced in the New year about additional funding that will be made available to partnships.

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RESHAPING THE TEACHING PROFESSION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 December, 2001

A working party is being set up to discover how the teaching profession can best respond to the radical changes taking place in education. The key stakeholders who have been invited by Education Secretary Estelle Morris to take part include the teaching unions and employers, UNISON, OFSTED, the General Teaching Council, the National College for School Leadership and the Teacher Training Agency.The announcement earlier this month of the launch next September of ‘Curriculum Online’ makes clear the Government’s intention to transform learning in schools. The service will be the world’s first partnership between the Government, leading public/private broadcasters and innovative software producers to provide materials for every curriculum subject. It will bring new learning materials to teachers and pupils’ fingertips, enabling learning to become more flexible.

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