The business agenda for action in education;Raising standards for all

26th June 1998 at 01:00
The business agenda for action in partnership with government and the qualifications and curriculum support.

BITC's business agenda for action on education Business in the Community's new education strategy synchronises with Government policies to raise standards. Working with partners in national and local government, training and enterprise councils, education business partnerships and the teaching profession. BITC and its member companies are taking action on: - * basic skills of literacy and numeracy in primary schools. EXAMPLES:

- Walkers Snack Foods provide reading books, mentors and record-keeping diaries for parents.

- National Power provide grants for local numeracy projects working with local companies.

* support for young people at-risk in secondary schools. EXAMPLES:

- BT developed Roots amp; Wings mentoring and Study Support Centres to support at-risk youth.

- Marks amp; Spencer's Compact Plus Clubs help low achievers reach further education or jobs with training.

* management training and mentoring for headteachers on school improvement and effectiveness. EXAMPLES:

- KPMG and over 100 'Partners in Leadership' companies provide business mentors for headteachers.

- Unilever provide management training, IT equipment and mentoring for inner city headteachers.

In order to make an impact on standards nation-wide BITC's companies will: * develop quality programmes in consortia to maximise scale of resource and mobilise thousands of employee volunteers. EXAMPLES:

- EDS, Rolls Royce and Tate amp; Lyle back 'Reading is Fundamental' providing books and readers.

- Barclays Bank, McDonalds Restaurants and Tesco are supporting Summer Literacy Schools.

* spread proven programmes across UK regions focusing on primary and secondary schools in disadvantaged communities. EXAMPLES:

- Hewlett Packard provide networked Community Learning Centres for clusters of schools in inner cities.

- Reckitt amp; Colman, Smith amp; Nephew and local companies back the Children's University in Hull.

* promote the status of the teaching profession. EXAMPLES:

- Zeneca Primary School Science Trust trains thousands of primary school science teachers.

- Lloyds-TSB Teacher Awards recognise and reward high achieving teachers nation-wide.

* help build large scale public-private-voluntary sector partnerships to support schools and at-risk youth. EXAMPLES:

- Toyota, Rolls Royce and local companies are backing the Derby Learning City with the TEC and LEA.

- Arthur Andersen, London Electricity and Tate amp; Lyle are backing joint action with the LEA for schools in Newham.

* The excellence model above, developed by the European Foundation for Quality Management, is now widely used across Europe. The model can help structure key activities in and results from corporate investment in education, especially impact on standards. Diagram not available on database.

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