Archives for June 26th, 2003

COUNCILS STILL HAVE CONCERNS ON CPA

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2003

Local councils believe the Audit Commission has listened to their views on its proposals for re- assessing England’s 150 largest authorities under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment system but they are still concerned that a key plank of the process will be flawed.The Local Government Association is raising the concern in its response to the Commission’s latest proposals. The LGA’s worry relates to the intention to raise the thresholds for points needed before councils can increase their ratings. Sir Jeremy Beecham, the LGA chair, said councils would have to reserve judgment on the details until they saw the Commission’s written proposals but it was important that the process was transparent.

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NEW ORDER OF LEADERSHIP EMBRACED BY SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2003

Schools in England are embracing a ‘new order’ of leadership that is having a dramatic and positive impact on teaching and learning, according to the first annual report of the National College for School Leadership. It says that the standard of leadership in schools continues to make great strides and that the nature of school leadership is becoming more shared and widely distributed.It warns, though, that the pace of change could be slowed by problems with leadership succession and sustainability. The report will be launched by its author, the NCSL director of Research, Professor Geoff Southworth at the Secondary Heads Association Summer Conference next Tuesday.

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EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE OUT OF LINE WITH ASPIRATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 June, 2003

The survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that 90% of respondents say that work-life balance is a high priority for their workforces. In contrast HR practitioners identify working flexible hours or reduced hours as one of the factors most likely to impede career progression. And three times as many HR practitioners felt that working long hours is positive for a person’s career (32%) as those who thought it was negative (11%). This gap between aspiration and reality may explain why a similarly large majority of HR practitioners report that ‘the career expectations of young people now entering the workforce offer a huge challenge for organisations going forward’. The findings show that organisations need to adapt their career management practices to the twenty-first century and reflect the changing and diverse needs of theirworkforces. Carers, part-time workers and those who take career breaks are penalised under the current structure.Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development√ā¬† http://www.cipd.co.uk

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