Archives for April 2nd, 2004

SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE: LOCAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Features, PublicNet: 2 April, 2004

By Fay Blair and Bob Evans The authors offer an uncompromising critique of how local services are currently delivered. They also warn of the serious downsides if the imminent reforms to local government don’t make clear that any new public service organisation must fulfil its basic obligation to protect and enhance quality of life for communities. Responses to the author’s findings are included in the feature.



TEACHING ASSISTANT TRAINING SCHEME LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 April, 2004

Training for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant status will start this month in 36 approved universities, colleges, schools, local education authorities and private companies. All the training providers will have to meet the agreed national professional standards. The trainees who achieve HLTA status will work in both primary and secondary schools under the direction of a teacher. Sometimes they will work with individuals and at other times in groups or with whole classes. They will play a vital role in helping teachers to have time to offer personalised learning for each of their pupils.The launch of the training, which extends over 50 days and costs 2150 pounds per place, is a key development in the Government’s initiative to reform the school workforce.

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FROM SICKNESS TO HEALTH – SHIFTING FOCUS OF NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 April, 2004

Task groups have been set up to change the role of the NHS from being primarily a sickness service and making it more of a health service. The groups are providing opportunities for all interested parties, including the NHS, local government, non-governmental organisations, schools, employers, industry, the media, central government and individuals themselves, to contribute to a debate on how collectively it is possible to create the opportunities for everyone to enjoy the best health possible. Each group has a membership of 15-20 and brings together a mix of invited stakeholders, covering public and consumer interests, examples of leading edge practice, people representative of the various settings and organisations under consideration, and others with relevant expertise.The task groups, which are led by chairs from public bodies, the voluntary sector and academia, will cover young people, employment, consumers, leisure, communities and the NHS. Among the key issues they will consult on are smoking, combating obesity through encouraging healthy eating and physical activity, combating the spread of sexually transmitted infections, and encouraging employers to provide healthy workplaces.

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