UNDERCOVER LAUNCH OF PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSFORMATION

Headlines: April 1st, 2011

Today is the starting point for a new approach to delivering public services. The uninspiring title of ‘Community Budgets’ gives no indication of the radical and far reaching changes that will follow from the pilot schemes which have gone live in 16 areas. The initiative could be described as the undercover launch of a paradigm shift in delivering public services.

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CALL TO MODERNISE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOY CURRICULUM

Headlines: March 29th, 2011

Ofsted has called for schools to face up to the challenge to modernise the design and technology curriculum so that it keeps pace with global technological developments.

The report identifies a lack of subject-specific training for teachers that is undermining efforts to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills. Too many teachers are failing to keep pace with technological developments or expand on their initial training sufficiently to enable them to teach the technically demanding aspects of the curriculum. This often results in an out-dated curriculum in the later years of primary schools and early years of secondary schools.

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PUBLIC SERVICE WHITE PAPER DELAYED –SO WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD

Headlines: March 24th, 2011

Publication of the White Paper Open Public Services, the blueprint for reform of public services, has been deferred until May. It was planned to publish with the Budget. The radical nature of the paper and the shape it will take was signalled strongly in the consultation document published in November 2010.There is speculation that the delay results from a Cabinet split and a desire not to adversely affect one or both parties of the Coalition in the local elections on 5th May.

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PUBLIC SERVICE MUTUALS TO PROMOTE THE BIG SOCIETY

Headlines: March 24th, 2011

Public service employees are being encouraged to form mutuals to deliver services to fulfil the Government’s aim of creating innovative alternatives to public service delivery and promoting the Big Society by supporting people to stand up and do something about the problems they see. Measures to widen the appeal of mutuals to employees and to encourage their development are likely to feature in the forthcoming Open Public Services White Paper.

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SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS STIMULATE INNOVATION

Headlines: March 24th, 2011

Social Impact Bonds provide a funding stream to support innovative ideas that can help in tackling complex social issues through prevention and early intervention. Examples of their use include reducing re-offending and tackling alcohol and drugs abuse. The use of Social Impact bonds is likely to receive a boost in the forthcoming Open Public Services White Paper.

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MAKING WEB PERFORMANCE A POLICY

FeaturesHeadlines: March 24th, 2011

Ian Arundell, public sector specialist at web traffic management company Zeus Technology, highlights the problems of providing a reliable service to users of public service websites. He also explains how the risk of a web crash can be limited.

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OFSTED PLANS TO TARGET FAILING SCHOOLS IN NEW INSPECTION REGIME

Headlines: March 22nd, 2011

Ofsted has announced plans for a new inspection regime to meet the requirements of the Education Bill now progressing through Parliament. Inspection resources will be concentrated on failing schools and outstanding schools will no longer be subject to routine inspection.

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SPORT CAN HELP TO PREVENT CRIME SAYS REPORT

Headlines: March 22nd, 2011

A new report, Teenage Kicks, describes how sport can be very effective in preventing young people getting involved in crime, provided there is early intervention.

Teenage Kicks, commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, highlights just how important it is that there is intervenetion in the early stages with young people on the cusp of getting involved in crime, ensuring they have positive engagement with mentors, peers and role models.

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HUTTON REPORT OUT OF STEP WITH PUBLIC OPINION

Headlines: March 17th, 2011

The failure of the Hutton report to put a cap on the pay of senior public servants is in direct conflict with a poll taken before the report was published which showed strong support for limiting top pay. There is also union anger that no attempt has been made to narrow the gap between those at the bottom and the top of the pay scales.

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FRONT LINE SERVICES NOT PROTECTED IN CUTS

Headlines: March 17th, 2011

Despite the pledge in the Comprehensive Spending Review to protect front-line services, a survey has revealed that the budget cuts are affecting significant areas of the front line.

A survey of senior finance officers commissioned by VMware revealed that more than 61 per cent had reduced budgets with an impact on front-line services. It also reveals that the public sector is struggling to make the budget reductions with more than two thirds of those surveyed saying the cuts will be difficult to achieve within the three year timescale.

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