Archives for August 24th, 2005

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME – PERSONALISED LEARNING THROUGH COLLABORATION

Book News, PublicNet: 24 August, 2005

This report from the Department for Education and Skills and the National College for School Leadership sets out a challenge to policy makers and practitioners to contribute to the goal of offering every student personalised learning. It argues that the frontline of learning is not the classroom, but the bedroom and the living room, because the education system’s biggest untapped resource is the children themselves. The biggest gains in terms of learning productivity will come from mobilising as yet under-utilised resources available to the education system: children, parents, families and communities. The ultimate goal of personalised learning is to encourage children to see themselves as co-investors with the state in their own education. The report sets out how this transformation can be achieved.The report is available at: http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/STC%5B1%5D.pdf

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GOVERNMENT URGED TO HELP CONSUMERS FIND GREENER PRODUCTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 August, 2005

The government is being urged to include an ‘environmental scoring system’ for products in its proposed Environment Direct information service for consumers. The call comes from the National Consumer Council, which today publishes research showing that 8.6 million people are looking for clear advice on how they can lead a greener life.The NCC says that with energy prices rising and greater awareness of water shortages a significant number of ‘canny consumers’ are looking for ways to save money and the environment. But the NCC is warning that people are confronted with up to 500 different ideas on how to live in a more environmentally friendly way and find this all too complicated.

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COUNCILS IN ‘HOME STRAIGHT’ TO E-GOVERNMENT TARGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 August, 2005

The government believes English local government is well on target to be fully e-enabled by the end of this year. New statistics show that by the end of March the average council had just over three-quarters of its services available electronically. Meanwhile more money is being made available for Government Connect, which will improve security of online transactions between public bodies.The latest progress report on efforts to meet the end of the year deadline for full electronic enabling marks the turning into the home straight according to Local e-Government Minister Jim Fitzpatrick. It shows that 77 per cent of services were electronically enabled by March, compared with just 26 per cent three years earlier. By the end of next month, councils forecast that 93 per cent of all priority outcomes for local e-government will be at ‘amber’ or ‘green’ for implementation.

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