Education. This paper reviews the achievements of the Labour Government?s education policy between 1997 and 2001. Tony Blair claimed that his Government would make education a priority. The first part of the paper reviews the scale of education spending in relation to the economy at large and within the education budget. The second part of the paper looks at the productivity of schools. How far have the changes that have affected schools in the past ten years and the past five in particular affected the quality of school achievements? The paper suggests there have been significant improvements not just on average but especially in the gains made in poor areas and in the least good schools. Finally the paper discusses the funding of higher education, the introduction of income related loans to cover maintenance and up front fees. The paper concludes some serious errors were made in policy design. Even so the use of the Inland Revenue as the collection agency was a successful innovation and should be built upon. "United Kingdom Education 1997-2001" by Howard Glennerster
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Private Finance, Public Services. The Commission on Public Private Partnerships, conducted over the past two years by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), was set up ?to introduce greater clarity to partnership arrangements? between the public and private sectors and ?to produce a set of authoritative guidelines which will inform the use of partnership in the future?. This response produced by the Health Policy and Health Services Research Unit argues that while the Commission was critical of certain past projects it failed to ask more fundamental questions about the role of markets and for-profit operators in the delivery of health care, education, long term care and other public services. "Public Services and the Private Sector: A response to the IPPR" by Allyson Pollock, Jean Shaoul, David Rowland and Stewart Player is published by Catalyst.
By Catalyst, UK.
Moving from Education to Work The most outstanding feature of education in Germany is its extensive apprenticeship system: approximately two thirds of young people combine learning in schools with in-company training. This system of dual education is considered a main determinant of Germany?s high quality labour force and low youth unemployment. In the Netherlands, dual education also exists, but full-time education in schools is more popular. This paper analyses the labour market performance and the contents, organization and finance of dual vocational education for 13-16 year olds. "The match between education and work: What can we learn from the German apprenticeship system?" is by Corina den Broeder of the CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Also of interest is School to Work: Making a Difference in Education by Katherine Hughes, Thomas Bailey and Melinda Mechur (Institute on Education and the Economy) which examines the experience of the US under the School to Work Opportunities Act.
By CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, US, Netherlands and Germany.
Supply Teachers. The last decade has seen a significant, but rarely discussed, rise in the number and use of supply teachers. This paper, written by Dara Barlin and Joe Hallgarten, evaluates the current state and potential future of supply teaching in England. It recommends that supply teachers receive continuing professional training and development and that steps should be taken to increase staff retention amongst supply teachers.
By Institute for Public Policy Research , UK.