Archives for August 16th, 2005

EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 August, 2005

Continuing professional development is widely acknowledged to be of great importance in the life of schools, contributing to professional and personal development for staff and to improvement in teaching and learning. The research showed that it was taking place in all the schools surveyed. Participant satisfaction is a key element in development, but it was only evaluated in 35% of schools. Value for money was evaluated in 51% of schools. The least frequently evaluated aspect was change in pupil attitude with only 24% of schools carrying out an evaluation. The types of evaluation employed by schools were found to be restricted by their interpretation of CPD. The narrower the interpretation, the more basic the forms of evaluation employed. CPD leaders reported feeling unprepared for the role. They also highlighted that learning from experience was better preparation for the role than formal preparation opportunities.The report is available at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR659.pdf

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COUNCILS COULD DO MORE TO PROMOTE WEBSITES

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 August, 2005

A survey by the Society of IT Management reveals that most users of council websites find what they are looking for by using Google. Some 25% visit the site because they work for the council and another 18 % guess the address. Only some 20% visit a site because of promotional activity.The survey also showed that an estimated 11.4m visitors came to local government websites in May 2005. This is about 10% of the population, but more than 20% of those who use the Internet.

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VOLUNTARY SECTOR STRATEGY GETS GREEN LIGHT

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 August, 2005

ChangeUp, the strategy for building capacity and providing an infrastructure framework for the Community and Voluntary and sectors, is now being fully implemented following an injection of funding from the Home Office. ChangeUp’s aim is that by 2014 the needs of frontline voluntary and community organisations will be met by support which is available nationwide and offers provision that reflects and promotes diversity.The strategy is based on the creation of six hubs of support. The National Council of Voluntary Organisations has responsibility for the governance, workforce and ICT hubs. It will lead on initiatives to improve the governance of voluntary and community organisations in England at national, regional and local level. It will help enhance the skills and knowledge of the sector’s 750,000 trustees and hundreds of thousands of committee members and increase the governance capacity of organisations. It also aims to encourage more people from across diverse communities and those outside the sector to become trustees by promoting the role as a valuable part of active citizenship.

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