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 .
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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 .
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.
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.