Archives for December 10th, 2010

CALL FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUPS TO PILOT LOCAL PLANNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Proposals to decentralise and streamline the planning system will result in more local decision making. Neighbourhood groups are wanted to pilot the proposed arrangements.

Under the proposals neighbourhood groups will be able to shape development where they live. Communities will be able to come together to decide what their area should look like, where new shops, offices or homes should go and what green spaces should be protected. Parish councils and new neighbourhood forums of local people will lead the way in shaping their community. If local people then vote in favour of new ‘Neighbourhood Plans’ in local referendums, councils will have to adopt them.

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OFSTED REVEALS INADEQUATE CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Ofsted’s performance assessment of children’s services found that one third were not performing well. The finding applies to childcare, schools, child protection services and safeguarding, children’s social care and provision in the
learning and skills sector.

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BETT 2011: PROVIDING SOLUTIONS

Features, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Over the past few months the education sector has felt the knock on effect of the Government’s changes. The diminishment of programmes such as Building Schools for the Future (BSF), school budget cuts, and the introduction of Free Schools and Academies has presented new – and for some, tough – challenges. The BETT 2011 education show offers a wide range of ideas for responding to the challenges.

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