Sat 25th Oct 14 - 05:47

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Sat 25th Oct 14 - 05:44

I very much welcome the publication of the Year 1 Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG). It is encouraging to see that this Welsh Government-commissioned report has identified a number of positive indicators to show that the PDG is having its intended effect. Particularly, there is evidence to show that a significant amount of new activity has been undertaken to support disadvantaged pupils; there has also been a culture change in schools which has improved the way they tackle disadvantage and monitor impact. These findings are yet more proof that the PDG is working for disadvantaged pupils in Wales. ...

Fri 24th Oct 14 - 14:30

My first thought on hearing the news this morning was that there are people in the European Commission who would like to guarantee a UKIP gain in Rochester and Strood at the end of the month. It seems that adjustments to EU budget contributions are made continuously on the basis of recalculations of GDP. Better people than I have commented on the flaws in GDP as a measure of the health of a nation's economy. Further suspicions were raised when I saw which other nations are expected to contribute to the poor suffering Germans and French: Greece, Italy and Spain, ...

Fri 24th Oct 14 - 09:33

It is almost as if the Labour Party cannot help itself; today's Telegraph says that Len McCluskey, Unite's General Secretary, becomes latest senior Labour figure to give a less than glowing account of Mr Miliband's leadership since the party's annual conference: "I'm not sure the last time we had a laugh to be blunt, and I don't really know him well enough to say that I like him." "Yeah, any talk about is he the right guy, it really doesn't enter into our vocabulary. You know Ed, and I hope this doesn't happen, could get run over by a bus ...