Reforming Public Services. The Adam Smith Institute, a free market think tank in the UK argue that public services must be changed, not just funded. This report outlines the new vision for the NHS and state education which would make them more innovative and consumer focussed. The key is to make the public services producers 'free?standing, self?owned and independent'. "The New Shape of Public Services" by Eamonn Butler and Madsen Pirie.
By Adam Smith Institute, UK.
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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
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.
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.