Archives for March 21st, 2005

SURVEY OF ICT IN EDUCATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 March, 2005

A survey by Dell of primary and secondary schools found that the majority of teachers believe the use of technology in classrooms is central to arming children with 21st Century Skills (84%) and working life skills (71%). This includes ICT and business literacy, as well as the ability to deal with day-to-day financial and personal issues. With technology embedded into today’s education system, 79% of schools have computers in every classroom and 87% of teachers are using computers for teaching – students and teachers are both reaping the benefits. Only a third of teachers say they use computers because they have to.For teachers, technology is making their jobs easier, with many stating that it helps them to teach more effectively (79%); and six out of ten claiming it is saving them both time and energy. For pupils, technology is instrumental in improving motivation, adding an element of fun to the learning environment, and is assisting them through their learning journey. Over half of teachers have seen improved academic results.

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STEPS TO CUT RED TAPE ON COMMUNITY SPORTS FUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 March, 2005

The Government is taking steps to cut bureaucracy that it believes is hindering the work of local councils, voluntary bodies and others in providing sport for schools and local communities. Four Whitehall departments and other key sports stakeholders have agreed the plan.The measures are designed to make it easier for groups to find out about and apply for funds, to introduce new rules on security checks and to ensure there are fewer forms to complete and fewer demands for information. The initiative – Making a Difference: Reducing burdens in school and community sport – has been led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department for Education and Skills and the Cabinet Office.

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COUNCILS FEAR LATE RUSH OF LICENCE APPLICATIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 March, 2005

Pubs and bars are being warned by local government leaders that they could find themselves temporarily out of business unless the number of applications being made under the new licensing regime picks up quickly. The Local Government Association is reminding the licensed trade that under the new legislation all pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and takeaways have until August to make a new application.The LGA is concerned about the impact and affects of businesses’ failure to apply and of a late rush of applications flooding into councils. It is making it clear that the new law means all premises have until August 6th to apply to transfer their existing licenses – regardless of their current expiry dates and irrespective of whether they intend to make any changes to their opening hours. It is the first time that takeaways outside London will have to apply for premises licenses.

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