Archives for December 17th, 2002

CALL FOR FURTHER ACTION TO TACKLE POVERTY

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 December, 2002

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has called for further Government action to reduce poverty. A new report by the Foundation highlights how changes have helped low-income households, such as falling unemployment, rising school achievement and better housing, but calls for extra measures to raise the incomes of the poorest families. New evidence shows that without further action the Government will have difficulty meeting its commitment to reduce child poverty by a quarter by 2004The report shows that out of 50 key indicators of poverty and social exclusion, 24 have improved over the past five years, while only six have grown worse. Increased spending on public services such as health and education has also tended to benefit the poor more than people on higher incomes.

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TEMPORARY TEACHERS LOWERING STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 December, 2002

The education watchdog, OFSTED, found that temporary supply teachers teach a higher proportion of unsatisfactory or poor lessons than permanent teachers. In its report, Schools’ Use of Temporary Teachers, it reveals that two-thirds of secondary and one-third of primary schools rely on agency and other temporary teachers whose effectiveness is in doubt. The number of temporary teachers has increased over recent years to about four and a half per cent of the teaching force.Inspectors found that the quality of some pupils’ work had declined in approximately half of the secondary schools surveyed as a result of being taught by temporary teachers for a significant period of time. Impact on behaviour was also significant. In just over half of the secondary schools,and about one quarter of the primary schools, pupils’ attitudes to their work and behaviour were of a lower standard to those in lessons taught by permanent teachers.

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NO PAIN NO GAIN – FROM PAPER TO ELECTRONIC RECORDS

Features, PublicNet: 17 December, 2002

Circle 33 Housing Association ran out of space and decided to install an electronic records system rather than get more accommodation. The decision went beyond space saving and brought a transformation of processes.

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