Archives for April 15th, 2002

WELFARE STATE

Book News, PublicNet: 15 April, 2002

This collection of papers advocates the need for wholesale denationalization of ‘welfare’ and its replacement with voluntary arrangements. The proposals put forward include a ‘safety-net’ for the genuinely needy, with the machinery of state welfare turned over to the market and the voluntary sector, replacing welfare with a private charity and ending the governmentally imposed social security system. Funded pensions are seen as a replacement for the basic state pension.Published by The Institute of Economic Affairs. ISSN 0265 0665. Price 5 pounds. Available from: mailto:jnlinfo@blackwellpublishers.co.uk

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CHILDREN COPING WELL WITH TECHNOLOGY – TEACHERS ARE THE PROBLEM

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 April, 2002

OFSTED, the schools inspectorate, has sounded the alarm bell that the relationship between teachers and technology is in trouble. Pupils get on well with technology and so do newly qualified teachers.The problem lies with their more experienced colleagues. Funding is not the problem. Not only has the budget for infrastructure and training been increased, but lottery funding has also been made available through the New Opportunities Fund.OFSTED believes that there is an unprecedented willingness in the teaching profession to embrace technology, but so far there has been little effect on teaching and learning. In six out of ten schools training has failed to adequately tackle issues relating to the quality of technology. Where teachers have been left to their own devices to use distance learning materials in their own time, they have often made little headway. A significant number of teachers still experience difficulty with technology. Too many schools still have trouble in managing their technical resources and struggle to use technology across the full range of subjects. There is also criticism of the minority of Local Education Authorities who give week support for developing the use of technology.

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PUBLIC SERVICES BOOSTING EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 April, 2002

Public administration and health are among the sectors leading the recovery of employment prospects in the UK. The latest quarterly survey by Manpower, a leading recruitment and HR outsourcing company, shows that the balance of public administration employers planning to take on more staff in the period April-June 2002 is 18%. This compares to minus1% last quarter and it represents a growth of 19% points. This is 7 points up on last year. Employment forecasts for public administration have risen steadily from 1998 and the current figures are the highest reported in the last ten years. The sector has now risen to sixth position among the 20 sectors.Health has seen the second strongest rise of all sectors in the period with a 26% rise. This, however, is a reduction on the 30% rise in the same period last year.

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