Archives for November 25th, 2002

FREEDOM FROM FAILURE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 November, 2002

By Conor RyanThe pamphlet recognizes recent improvements in education but highlights weaknesses. A quarter of children are unable to read and write adequately, there are problems with much teacher training, vocational education is still poor and there are still too many poor schools. Addressing the failure of schools requires radical reform and concrete change. Among the reform measures advocated in the pamphlet are investment in a rapid expansion of the Graduate Teaching Programme so that in-school training becomes the norm, rather than the exception. Radical reform of vocational education with apprenticeships starting at age 14 with programmes designed by employers. Schools not reaching exam performance targets in 2005 and 2006 should be closed. The private and voluntary sector should be encouraged to get involved.

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EVENT EXAMINES CULTURAL FLAWS IN SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2002

A series of speakers will today examine the idea that plans for the reform of public services may be undermined by Britain’s cultural climate which sees fewer people wanting to become involved in service to others.The event in London has been organized by the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, under the title “Reform of Public Services; a cultural problem?”

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NEW MEASURES PUT NHS EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2002

A new funding formula for local health services to balance areas of high cost and high need will be introduced as part of a campaign to switch the emphasis in the National Health Service to prevention rather than cure.The Government’s Cross Cutting Review of Health Inequalities includes a series of measures which it is hoped will reduce the numbers of unnecessary deaths through ill-health to reduce health inequalities.

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