School Art: What's in it? Exploring Visual Arts in Secondary Schools. Based on interviews with 54 teachers in 18 schools and their descriptions of 64 art modules, this book explores the content of the secondary school art curriculum and why it looks the way it does. Commissioned by Arts Council England in association with Tate, it examines the range of approaches taken by different teachers and schools and asks whether there is a place for contemporary art practice. Its findings, and the questions that they raise, will be of interest to anyone teaching art, those training to do so, artists, gallery educators and people interested in the future of visual culture in this country. By Dick Downing and Ruth Watson.
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Meeting the Need: A New Architecture for Canada's Student Financial Aid System. To replace the current hodgepodge of programs the authors propose a single and coherent system that would "deliver the full amount of aid required to those who need it in an efficient, effective, and nonwasteful manner." By Ross Finnie, Alex Usher and Hans Vossensteyn.
By Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canada.
Three Steps Forward Two Steps Back: reforming PPP policy. This report examines the challenges to the efficient, equitable and accountable delivery of public services through public private partnerships. Taking ippr's Commission on PPPs as its starting point, it examines recent Government progress and suggests further improvements. Issues addressed include: (i) value for money: how the Private Finance Initiative has performed and how that performance can be improved (ii) work force issues in PPPs: assessing the extent of the 'two-tier workforce' and the options for ending it (iii) accountability: how to make PPPs more open and responsive to their users. Tim Gosling with: Richard Brooks, Paul Maltby and Malcolm Wing .
What is the LEA For? An Analysis of the Functions and Roles of the Local Education Authority. EMIE at NFER's guide to the law of Education in England and Wales has been comprehensively revised and updated to include substantial developments in education, including the Children Bill now going through Parliament. There is a chapter wholly on Wales, written for all readers, and the implications of devolution are explored. Schools' funding, including capital development, is also given a fuller treatment. Written by Simon Whitbourn, with a team of experts on education and the law; and edited by Dr Robert Morris .