Archives for April 8th, 2005

STUDY LOOKS AT IMPACT OF EXTRA GCSE TUITION

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 April, 2005

Parents who opt to pay for additional tuition to help their children pass GCSE examinations may be wasting their money, according to new research from the Institute of Education. The study published today shows that where tuition does have an impact on results, boys benefit more than girls.The study by Judith Ireson and Katie Rushforth shows that students who have private tuition in mathematics during the two years before GCSEs achieve on average just under half a grade higher – gaining, for example, a C grade rather than a D – than students who do not have tutors. While some students improve by more than half a grade, others see no improvement at all.

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PUBLIC SECTOR BUREAUCRACY MYTH UNDER FIRE IN NEW REPORT

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 April, 2005

A report out today challenges the view that the public services are full of bureaucrats and shows that the public sector operates with far fewer managers than the private sector. The report from the TUC also dismisses suggestions that job cuts can be made without there being a negative impact on public services.”Bowler hats and bureaucrats – myths about the public sector workforce” questions politicians’ claims that big savings could be made by axing thousands of civil service and other public sector managerial posts and that this would lead to more efficient services. The report says that, in fact, analysis of official statistics shows public sector managers are responsible for more staff on average than those in private business.

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INVESTORS IN COMMUNITIES

Features, PublicNet: 8 April, 2005

By Sean Baine, John Eversley and Sheila Camp Quality in personnel management is recognised by awarding ‘Investors in People’ status to organisations that meet high standards. The model has been applied to housing associations and councils for quality performance in investing in communities. The authors describe how the pilot ‘Investors in Communities’ was set up and the results achieved. They also outline a future for this ‘badge of honour’.

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