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This is a great and informative data source.Youth unemployment is a potential danger to our communities creating a stark divide between us and the next generation.
Youth unemployment is spiralling. Click on a local authority on the map to see the figures for each area Simon Rogers
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Worrying article and statistic. Wondering whether we can put on a (free) college course to help out - perhaps in association with Citizens' Advice

I also thinking of setting up a forum for our 60+ year old staff to see what they would like employment wise as they near retirement.
Over 400,000 pensioners are struggling to make ends meet due to the rising cost of living and mounting debts, a charity has warned.
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Following on from my previous remarks on the relaxation of regulations for school building works, here is Michael Gove's announcement on the £500 million for building works to accommodate more pupils.

The "bulge" is at primary school level. I experienced this first hand as I appealed against a decision to refuse a place at a local primary school for the child of a friend. This and other appeals led to 8 extra pupils in the reception class.

Interestingly, the local secondary schools (in Canterbury) are struggling for pupil numbers at year 7 entry. The talk is that one of the local secondary schools might disappear as a result of the declining pupil demographic. If this happens, will they re-open it once the extra primary school numbers feed through? I love the fact that population demographics are clear and published, yet the associated planning is chaotic.

If you get to the end of Michael Gove's letter your will see his decision on Building Schools for the Future (BSF). You might recall there was a judicial review (brought by Kent County Council and others) and Mr Gove was instructed to re-consider his decision. He did so...and the outcome... he was right first time and there will be no changes. Let's try not to think about the huge cost of this pointless review process.
Written ministerial statement by Education Secretary Michael Gove on the allocation of extra £500 million to address the shortage in pupil places, and the launch of the consultation on school premises...
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The Martin Lewis guide to the new student loan system has been out for some time. It is worth checking back to from time to time as it is updated periodically and to simply to be reminded of the figures.

I still think that a lot of people just don't get it. For all practical purposes it is a graduate tax. For all the debate on differences in tuition fees between universities and colleges, those differences will make little to no difference to the students.

Advice - go for best course in a subject that really interests you and be sure to check out what happened to previous graduates on the course. What employment (or not) did they go on to? Slightly more difficult but worthwhile, is to find out what graduates of earlier years are doing now.
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Result! Red wine is good for the diet as well as for blood pressure. OK, you may need to drink 13 bottles per night, but I can't see a downside there. Idiot researchers suggest taking the beneficial ingredient in tablet form - why would you want to do that?
An ingredient found in red wine can combat the harmful effects of obesity and reduce the risk of disease in the elderly, a clinical trial has shown for the first time.
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Does this herald a shift in OFSTED thinking?

The new head of OFSTED suggests:

* a link between classroom observations and pay;
* assessing staff standards of dress;
* using the term "grade 3" instead of "satisfactory"
* having district superintendents answerable to the Secretary of State
* not designating as many children as having special educational needs (paraphrasing here).

Interestingly enough Sir Michael's ethos is "if anyone says to you that 'staff morale is at an all-time low' you will know you are doing something right". Presumably this has served well in the past and is likely to serve very, very well in the future.

Saying that, I agree with the third point (though I might use the term "adequate") and I could have a lot of fun with point 2. I shall be now be assessing standards of dress for each member of staff who come into my office, using the four inspection grades (outstanding, good, grade 3 and inadequate) obviously.
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This is truly horrific. It's staggering to look at your own local roads, even worse when you can put a name to one or more of the placeholders.
The numbers are horrific: 32,955 killed, nearly 3m injured. This is 11 years of deaths and injuries on Britain's roads Simon Rogers
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Ofqual announce the formal demise of the diploma. Learners currently studying for the diploma will still receive the award. That's great..how will they explain it to employers?

All the development, pilots and implementation funding and effort for nothing.
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The Government hails further education for its contribution to education and the economy. So increasingly adults have to pay for their own education and now increasingly so do the people who want to provide that education.
The end of fully funded training will deter candidates, research shows
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Lego Universe is closing on 31 January 2012, my ten year old is pretty annoyed. Luckily, I have checked, there will be refunds for the unused parts of subscriptions.Lego Universe has also said, as a thank you, that the last month will be free if you are a subscriber on 31 December 2011.
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At first glance it looks like a victory for common sense. Look at note 4 to editors, can it be a coincidence that it is announced at the same time as a rather modest grant to fund buildings works to accommodate additional school pupils. When money is short, regulation is relaxed.
Schools to be freed from over-prescriptive buildings rules. Common sense approach to replace unnecessary regulation. Guidance for schools reduced to a quarter. Schools across England are to be freed f...
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  • Canterbury College
    Director of Finance & Corporate Services, 2005 - present
  • The King's School, Canterbury
    Finance Bursar, 2000 - 2005
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Enford Wiltshire - Lyneham Wiltshire - Henlow Bedfordshire - Abingdon Oxfordshire - Benson Oxfordshire - Changi Singapore - Aden South Yemen - Canterbury Kent
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Director of Finance etc at Canterbury College. Husband and (Step &) father to three.
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  • Wellington School
    1976 - 1982
  • Wye College, University of London
    Agriculture
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Civil Engineering
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