Archives for August 28th, 2003

INSPECTORS CALL FOR MORE WORK TO HELP PUPILS WITH MEDICAL NEEDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 August, 2003

Education services provided for pupils with special medical needs by local authorities are improving, according to a report from the Office for Standards in Education. It found there was a good quality of teaching and learning in the 12 Local Education Authorities included in a study.Pupils were well behaved and had a positive attitude towards their work but the report says more help is needed for pupils with the greatest difficulties.The Ofsted inspectors also reported that Government guidance introduced in 2001 has helped LEAs to improve parts of the service offered to the pupils, but said more work was needed to ensure that pupils who are physically ill or injured or who have mental health difficulties receive an appropriate education.

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SOUTH EAST LEADS THE WAY ON RECYCLING

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 August, 2003

The amount of waste collected by local councils is continuing to rise according to latest statistics. These show an increase to 28.8 million tonnes in 2001-02, up 2.7 per cent on the previous year’s figure.The amount of rubbish being disposed of in landfill sites is also up, rising from 22 million tonnes to 22.3 million tonnes over the same period, though the proportion of rubbish handled in this way has actually fallen by two per cent to 77 per cent. In total, some sort of value was recovered from about 6.5 million tones through recycling, composting or energy recovery.Households generate almost nine tenths of the rubbish councils have to handle with every home accounting for 1.2 tonnes of waste per year. At the same time the number of homes which now have ‘kerbside’ collection schemes has increased to 58 per cent and the amount of waste collected for recycling through those schemes increased by 18 per cent to 1 million tonnes in 2001-02.

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