The number and percentage of schools judged to be inadequate or requires improvement is likely to increase in the revised version of these figures. Approximately 40 inspections took place in the period April 2013 to June2013 but the reports were not published by August 2013. The majority of these are likely to be of inadequate schools because the process of moderation means inspections leading to this judgement take longer to publish. An equivalent change can be seen in the previous quarter’s results, as discussed below in the section on “Impact of revisions on key points of previous release”.
Only three outbreak investigations were able to provide sufficient evidence to identify the source of the infection. The first of these outbreaks was part of a large multi- jurisdictional outbreak of norovirus found in Tasmanian oysters in April 2013. Two groups of people (totalling eight from 10 people) reported vomiting and diarrhoea after eating these oysters in NSW. No specimens were tested but the symptoms were consistent with norovirus and the batches of oysters consumed were those thought to be contaminated in the outbreak. In the second outbreak, a PHU was notified of salmonellosis associated with a dinner party in a private residence in June2013. Fourteen of the 17 attendees became unwell after eating a meal that contained raw egg be´arnaise sauce. In addition, three people who did not attend the dinner party but who consumed leftover food that contained the be´arnaise sauce also became unwell. Five of the cases tested positive for S. Typhimurium (MLVA 3-23-23-11-523). The person
Ofsted carried out 927 section 8 monitoring inspections between April and June2013. The number of monitoring inspections has increased by 16% when compared to the previous quarter (798). This is largely due to an increase in the number of requires improvement monitoring inspections which formed 49% of section 8 inspections from January to March 2013 compared to 62% in the most recent quarter (April to June2013). This illustrates that the new Ofsted Inspection Framework is being put into effect for those schools deemed to require improvement.
July 2011 - June 2012 July 2012 - June2013 CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) 184,050 177,450 OCR Level 2 National First Award in ICT 144,400 149,650 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (QCF) 31,500 99,000 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport (QCF) 21,550 68,550 ABRSM Level 1 Award in Graded Examination in Music Performance (Grade 1) 41,600 67,300 OCR Level 2 National Award in ICT 81,950 63,100 Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 46,400 56,400 Cambridge ESOL Level 1 Certificate in English (IELTS 5.5-6.5) 40,850 55,450 ABRSM Level 1 Award in Graded Examination in Music Performance (Grade 2) 30,450 49,500 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport (QCF) 18,750 47,800 Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership (QCF) 55,650 47,700 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in WorkSkills (QCF) 27,650 46,500 City & Guilds Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at level 1 33,150 45,250 CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) 44,600 43,250 Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 2 38,750 42,900 ABRSM Level 1 Award in Graded Examination in Music Performance
This decrease of 1.4 percentage points was driven broadly equally by two factors; an increase in participation in education and training, and an increase in the NET employment rate. The participation rate has risen 2.2 percentage points, from 80.9% in April-June 2012, to 83.0% in April-June2013; this rise is statistically significant. At the same time, the NET employment rate for 16-18 increased by 1.4 percentage points, from 44.9% in April-June 2012, to 46.3% in April-June2013.
In this release, we present data on available regulated qualifications and the number of awards of these qualifications. When a qualification is approved for accreditation, it is classified as one of 18 qualifications types. Here we present figures on seven 1 of these qualification types. The data cover qualifications of all types at level 4 and above, known as higher level qualifications, (equivalent to post A level) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It does not include qualifications such as university degrees, which are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for higher Education (QAA). The figures represent both the quarter April – June2013 and the 12 month period to June2013.
H 94 AN ACT TO AMEND CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAWS TO (1) CLARIFY THAT EXTENDED DURATION PERMITS FOR SANITARYLANDFILLS AND TRANSFER STATIONS AUTHORIZED BY S.L. 2012- 187 ARE PERMITS FOR OPERATION AS WELL AS CONSTRUCTION; (2) CLARIFY THE PROCESS FOR APPEALS FROM CIVIL PENALTIES ASSESSED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT HAS ESTABLISHED AND ADMINISTERS AN EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION CONTROL PROGRAM APPROVED UNDER G.S. 113A-60 AND PROVIDE THAT CIVIL PENALTIES ASSESSED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO THE SEDIMENTATION POLLUTION CONTROL ACT OF 1973 SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE CIVIL PENALTY AND FORFEITURE FUND; (3) REPEAL THE REQUIREMENT FOR AIR POLLUTION PERMIT HOLDERS TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PLANS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS OF AIR CONTAMINANTS BY SOURCE REDUCTION OR RECYCLING; (4) ADD A FACTOR FOR CONSIDERATION IN ASSESS- ING SOLID WASTE PENALTIES; (5) CLARIFY THOSE UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS THAT ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SECONDARY CONTAINMENT UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2020; AND (6) DIRECT THE COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH TO ADOPT RULES TO PROVIDE FOR NOTICE OF KNOWN CONTAMINATION TO APPLICANTS WHO SEEK TO CONSTRUCT NEW PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H94v2. pdf
During the first quarter of 2013 a net balance of SCBS firms reported a decline in total employment levels (-8.3%) although around two thirds continued to report no change to overall levels. A third of firms increased pay during the three months to March and the average increase was 2.9%. 42% reported seeking to recruit staff compared to 48% in Q4 2012, and a third of recruiting firms reported difficulties. Employment levels continued to improve for small and medium Scottish Engineering companies but not for large companies; fabricators and metal manufacturing reported shedding staff while the oil & gas sector continued to grow.
On 7 June, BEPA organised a seminar on the attractiveness of Europe. The seminar constituted a debriefing of the “State of the European Union” conference, which took place the previous day and attracted hundreds of business leaders from over fifty multinational companies. Marc Vanheukelen, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner De Gucht, opened the seminar. INSEAD, Booz & Co and Ernst & Young presented their studies on European attractiveness. The discussion focused on ways to promote an environment where multinationals can maintain and increase their inward investment to generate growth and employment in Europe. On the same day and for the second year in a row, BEPA hosted a group of young francophone professionals selected by the Aspen Institute to visit the Commission. About twenty participants – including MEPs but also professionals less familiar with the Brussels milieu – discussed the workings of the European institutions. The visit also included an exchange of views with Commission representatives, including Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier, and the Deputy Head of the Cabinet of President Barroso, Hugo Sobral. On 18-19 June, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), the Irish National Advisory Committee on Bioethics, and the NEC-Forum of the 27 National Ethics Councils of the member states, met in different configurations in a series of events that took place in Dublin, under the auspices of the Irish EU Council Presidency. Within the context of Art 17 TEU and the European Year of Citizens, BEPA held a seminar with the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) on June 20.
In the first quarter, the main sectoral contribution to GDP growth of 0.3% came from services (0.4%) and the extraction industries (0.1%). Construction made a negative contribution to growth (-0.1%). Manufacturing production continued to be weak with GVA falling by -0.3% after falling -1.4% in the fourth quarter of last year. But recent Markit PMI surveys for May indicate a strengthening is occurring in the growth of construction, manufacturing and services. But it must be remembered this strengthening is from a low base in a weak and stagnant economy. The PMI for construction rose from 49.4 in April to 50.8 in May. This was the first time since October that the index had climbed above the 50 mark that divides expansion from contraction. House building activity has strengthened considerably but civil engineering projects show little signs of improvement due to public sector capital spending cutback as part of the UK government’s fiscal austerity policy. Retail sales grew by 3.4% between May 2012 and 2013. Industry data suggest much of the recent growth was fuelled particularly by on-line sales. The UK manufacturing PMI index PMI index rose from 49.8 in April to 51.3, suggesting a return to growth. The Markit/CIPS UK Services PMI for May was particularly encouraging, given that services account for more than 70% of the economy. The index rose from April’s 52.9 to 54.9 in May signalling a strengthening in the rate of growth. This jump in the index was the sharpest since March 2012. However, we must caution that last year's jump in the index in March did not come to much and growth remains low for this stage of the 'recovery'.
Despite continued challenges in the domestic and external environment, there are little signs that some of the downside risks to growth in 2013 are likely to materialise. There is growing evidence of a recovery in the United States, and while some Eurozone countries have seen their growth forecasts downgraded in recent months, forecasts by major institutions for the Euro area as a whole have not been revised down as significantly as they have been on occasions over the last four years. Following revisions to some of the (experimental) national accounts data for Scotland, an interesting pattern of pre-recession divergences in income and expenditure between Scotland and the UK as a whole has emerged, which will require further examination to explore its consequences for the future path of consumer spending growth in Scotland. We have kept our forecast for growth in Scotland through 2013 at 0.9%, with a minor revision of our forecast for 2014 to 1.6% from 1.7%. Our forecast for growth in 2015 is now 2.1%, up by 0.2 percentage points. The jobs outlook for Scotland is forecast to improve relative to our previous forecasts with modest growth in net employee jobs each year through the forecast horizon.