Annual Survey of Trends in Education . This is the tenth Annual Survey of Trends in Education from NFER. The survey, which is based on responses from over 600 primary headteachers, provides a unique insight into their views on a variety of current issues in education. Budgets have been a top priority in previous years, and the percentage of headteachers citing this as a concern this year is the highest since the survey began. Other areas for concern include expenditure on administrative support, as well as a lack of time and resources for teachers' professional development. In this survey, for the first time, headteachers were asked for their views on the balance of the curriculum; the most common changes they would like to make include: more time on creative subjects; more cross-curricular work; and greater flexibility in the curriculum.
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Good Practice in the Provision of Full-time Education for Excluded Pupils. This research has highlighted a variety of interventions and strategies that might be incorporated into LEA practice in order to help fulfil the responsibility for full-time provision for excluded pupils. By Mary Atkinson, Annie Johnson, Anne Wilkin, Fiona Johnson and Kay Kinder.
Barriers and policy interventions ? The Training Incentive Allowance and the participation of sole parents and Invalids? Benefit recipients in education, training and employment. This review of New Zealand and international literature was undertaken as part of the Training Incentive Allowance (TIA) policy review. The TIA programme has many of the features identified in the literature as success factors for policy interventions designed to overcome barriers to participation in education, training and employment (particularly for sole parents and people with disabilities). The TIA can: * help people overcome identified financial barriers * allow for flexible participation in a wide range of training and education * facilitate access to flexible high-quality childcare. The TIA can also help in its capacity to be tailored to the needs and capacities of individuals and the labour market, and when it is delivered in conjunction with services including case management, career guidance and job search. By Gill Aimer.
By Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand, New Zealand.
Education voucher scheme simpler than it's made out . Voucher-funding does nothing to improve educational outcomes. It effectively privatises education, and results in vastly increased gaps between those who can afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars per year in top-up fees to enter former state schools ? now elite schools ? and middle-income families who live next door to those schools. By the Education Forum of the New Zealand Business Roundtable.
By New Zealand Business Roundtable , New Zealand.