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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 1999): Education - UK - Schools

25 COUNCILS TO BE SHAMED OVER SCHOOL CASH

J. Carvel

Guardian, April 22nd 1999, p. 12

Reports that the government is preparing to name and shame about 25 local authorities for failing to pass on a 6% increase in the national education budget to benefit children in their schools.

(See also Financial Times, April 22nd 1999, p. 10)

BLUNKETT STANDS FIRM ON PRP PLANS FOR TEACHERS

J. Walsh

People Management, vol. 7, April 8th 1999, p. 23.

Reports the Education Secretary's determination to introduce performance related pay for teachers in the face of fierce opposition from unions.

FIXING THE FIGURES IS NOT ENOUGH

B. Whitney

Community Care, no. 1267, 1999, p. 9

New guidance to schools on exclusions emphasises the role of pastoral support of difficult and disruptive pupils. This will not sit comfortably with the pressure on schools to improve academic standards.

"GILDING THE GRID": THE MARKETING OF THE NATIONAL GRID FOR LEARNING

N. Selwyn

British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 20, 1999, p. 55-68.

The underlying focus of researching the National Grid for Learning should be to position the initiative and its effects within the, as yet unvoiced, social and political context to which it is inexorably linked. Only by adopting this approach, and moving outside the restrictive and determinist narrative that is being constructed, can we really tell if the Learning Grid can we anything more than a reflection of the traditional societal trust in the "technological fix" that has so beset education in the past.

SCHOOL CASH "IS SPENT ON BUREAUCRATS"

J. Judd

Independent, April 20th 1999, p. 7

Reports claims by grant-maintained school leaders that local authorities were spending extra funds allocated by government on administrative staff instead of passing the money on to schools. Schools are coping with budget cuts of up to £250,000 each. Both opted out and local authority schools will face cuts and will have to make teachers redundant.

(See also Daily Telegraph, April 20th 1999, p. 2).

COULD DO BETTER

D. Foster

Education and Training Review, vol. 1, 1998, p. 10

Argues, that while the education system is in need of modernisation, education action zones may not be the best solution, as they will be run by forums which are not democratically accountable.

A FIRM HAND

M. Barker

Education and Training Review, vol. 1, 1998, p. 13

Argues that collaboration between industry and government can help to make a success of failing schools in Education Action Zones.

THE WAY AHEAD

P. Clark

Education and Training Review, vol. 1, 1998, p. 22

Looks at dramatic developments in the role of the head teacher in the last 10 years, mostly brought about by educational changes brought in by the 1988 Education Reform Act.

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