Here I shall give information regarding 

national events, surveys and news which might

be of interest to some individuals., with

website connections.



  1. Vi Says:

    9 Report ~ The Impact of Federations on Student Outcomes

    10 Teachers’ TV

    Just for Governors – online resources: This area of the website,, includes expert advice, the ‘best of the web’ reviews, a poll of school governors and links to programmes. There is a wealth of additional material online designed to help improve the performance of school governors. These range from detailed lists of related websites, through downloadable supporting documents, to a new library of complete high-quality presentations addressing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) issues. They are completely free to use, and have been extensively tested during development. They are ready to use ‘off the shelf’ in training or can be customised better to meet the needs of an individual school.

    Governor presentations: Teachers’ TV’s governor training presentations provide useful material to facilitate 30-minute discussion sessions at meetings. Each presentation includes video clips and discussion starters to spark debate about good practice.

    Programme information can be found by visiting the home page at: and clicking on Full TV Guide at the foot of the page. Every Monday night at 7pm is Governors’ Hour.

    TTV can be found on Sky 880, Virgin TV 240, Freesat 650 and Freeview 88 (4–6pm). TTV programmes can also be viewed online at:


    THE consultation process DCSF is publishing a package of documents for consultation.


    The consultation can be found at:

    Responses may be made online at:

    For Example……………….
    “This consultation REGARDING Trusts and Federations. Accredited Providers will ensure improved standards in schools, which are currently low attaining or otherwise underperforming. The consultation also sets out a proposed process for selecting sponsors to future Academy projects.”

    The consultation can be found at:

    AND This ……………..

    Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the School Premises Regulations on School Kitchen and Dining.

  2. Vi Says:


    The NHS Constitution was published in
    January 2009 after discussions and consultations with staff and the public. For the first time it brought together in one place what staff, patients and public can expect from the NHS in terms of rights, pledges and responsibilities.

    A further consultation is now taking place on additional patient rights, which include:

    · A maximum waiting times for a GP referral

    · A health check every five years for people aged 40 – 74

    The full consultation document can be downloaded from the ‘Consultations’ section of the Department of Health website. The deadline is Friday 5 February.

  3. Vi Says:

    (the details are taken from a publication based on a Dept.Educ. website. it is a general summary
    and given here as a general guide.)

    What is the difference between Free Schools and academies?
    Free Schools will have the same legal requirements as academies. Free Schools are normally brand-new schools set up by charities, universities, business, community or faith groups, teachers and groups of parents where there is parental demand. Academies are usually a change to an existing maintained school.
    Legally the structure is the same, and they are expected to meet the same requirements as other academies. Free Schools will also benefit from the same freedoms and flexibilities as academies, including

    the ability to set their own pay and conditions for staff
    freedom from following the National Curriculum
    greater control of their budget
    freedom to change the length of terms and school days
    freedom from local authority control.
    Can an existing independent school become a Free School?
    Yes. Independent schools can apply to become a Free School and become state-funded independent schools. These schools will need to meet the entry criteria – including an agreement that their admissions policy is in line with the Admissions Code, demonstrate they have a good record of success as an education provider and financial viability. Independent schools applying to become Free Schools will not be able to retain any existing academic selection admission arrangements.
    Independent schools wanting to apply need to follow the outlined process and start by filling out the proposal form.

    Can I start a Special Free School?
    We want to invite a range of interested groups to come forward with their proposals for setting up a new school and that will include special schools.

    Which is a qualified YES. and relates back to the position of Special Schools converting to Academies.

    On admissions, Free Schools will be required to participate in local Fair Access Protocol arrangements, which ensure that hard-to-place pupils (including those with special needs but without a statement) are admitted equitably to local schools – even where schools are already full. This would continue to be the case for all new Free Schools.

    For children with a SEN statement, Free Schools must consent to being named in a statement in almost all circumstances.

    We want all schools to work with parents to meet the needs of children with SEN. Current academies do this and we would expect new Free Schools to do so as
    How much funding will I get to run my Free School?
    Like academies, Free Schools will be funded on a comparable basis to other state-funded schools. We intend the funding model to be as simple as possible, based mainly on a per-pupil funding level, and a pupil premium for disadvantaged pupils. Within the core principle of comparable funding for all state-funded schools, we will work with the early groups of Free Schools to develop a sustainable and fair funding model and publish further detail as it becomes available.

    Is there a limit to the number of schools a single group can set up?
    No. If there is sufficient evidence of parental demand to set up a school and the group can demonstrate that they have sufficient capacity to deliver, we would welcome the development of strong chains of schools led by high-quality providers. This would build on the experience of chains of schools already developed in the academy movement and more widely.

    Will any group who wants to be able to set up a school?
    The Secretary of State will consider each proposal on its merits, and take into account all matters relevant to that proposal. Generally, he would expect that all proposals will comply with all aspects of the rigorous suitability and vetting tests throughout the application process, including due diligence and CRB checks and will reject any proposers who advocate violence, intolerance, hatred or whose ideology runs counter to the UK’s democratic values.

    The essential boundary

    What will happen if a Free School fails and has to close?
    This would depend on the individual circumstances of each school, but we will not prop up failing schools, whatever their status.

  4. Vi Says:

    JUNE 2010.
    Presented here for information.

    Report on the National Patient Choice Survey, February 2010, England
    The main findings of the February survey are:
    The percentage of patients recalling being offered a choice of hospital for their first outpatient appointment was 49% in February 2010, up from 47% in March 2009 and 30% in the first survey (May/June 2006).
    54% of patients were aware before they visited their GP that they had a choice of hospitals for their first appointment, up from 50% in March 2009 and 29% in the May/June 2006 survey.
    63% of patients who were aware of choice recalled being offered choice, whereas only 32% of those not aware of choice recalled being offered it, similar to the March 2009 survey (62% and 32% respectively).
    67% of patients were able to go to the hospital they wanted, with a further 22% having no preference and 8% unable to go where they wanted, similar to 67%, 23% and 8% respectively in March 2009.
    88% of patients offered choice were able to go to the hospital they wanted, with a further 5% having no preference. This compares with 47% of patients not offered choice being able to go where they wanted and 40% having no preference.
    77% of patients were satisfied with how long they had to wait from the time their GP referred them to when they saw the hospital specialist.
    For those who were offered a choice, a hospital close to home or work was selected most often (by 38% of patients offered choice) as the single most important factor when choosing their hospital.
    For the full report please see the following link –
    National Patient Choice Survey latest results

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