John Whitehouse

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Pelican Crossing for Beehive Hill

by John Whitehouse on 4 April, 2008

I had confirmation today that county council officers are pushing ahead with preliminary design work for a pelican crossing at Beehive Hill, Kenilworth – good news that I was able to share with the St. Augustine’s School parents’ action group and headmistess, who have been campaigning with me to make the case for a crossing […]

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Personal Information Held By Government

by John Whitehouse on 28 February, 2008

With a number of high profile data loss stories very much in the news recently, the spotlight has fallen on the vast quantities of personal information being routinely collected by central Government on children young people and families. Most of the data is collected and transmitted to central government by local councils, who however have […]

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Failing Schools?

by John Whitehouse on 28 February, 2008

On Monday we had yet another Government initiative on ‘failing schools’, with Ed Balls threatening to put hit-squads into any school not achieving at least 30% of students with 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. As chance would have it, the very next day the WCC Childrens Young People & Families Overview […]

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SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)

by John Whitehouse on 25 February, 2008

Last week I attended a SACRE meeting held in the Chapter House at Coventry Cathedral. The venue was wonderful of course, especially as we were given a guided tour of the cathedral before the meeting. What an inspiring place it is. SACRE is a most interesting body, with representation from all the faith groups represented […]

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Youth Parliament Elections

by John Whitehouse on 9 February, 2008

Today I attended the Youth Parliament Election Results event at Kenilworth’s De Montfort Hotel. 29 young people from across Warwickshire had put themselves forward for election for 8 positions – 4 members and 4 substitutes. After a record number of votes, up 19% on last year, the winning candidates were chosen. I congratulated the new […]

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Concessionary Travel For Young People

by John Whitehouse on 9 February, 2008

Last year the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council won all-party support for a motion backing the importance of concessionary travel schemes for young people and urging action at national and local level. I have been asked to chair an all-party panel of councillors to review this subject in depth, and to report our recommendations […]

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Beehive Hill Crossing Campaign

by John Whitehouse on 8 February, 2008

Yesterday brought new developments in the campaign to win a pelican crossing on Beehive Hill, Kenilworth on behalf of pupils and parents of St. Augustine’s School and Beehive Nursery and local residents. I arranged a meeting between county officers and representatives of the School Crossing Action Group, with the opportunity for the officers to witness at […]

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Pupil Reintegration Unit

by John Whitehouse on 1 February, 2008

I attended a regular management committee meeting of Warwickshire’s Pupil Reintegration Unit yesterday evening. The “PRU” operates county-wide as a single entity, out of five centres, and is there to help and educate pupils who have been excluded from school, with the objective of reintegrating them back into mainstream education as rapidly as possible. The PRU […]

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“Extended Services”

by John Whitehouse on 30 January, 2008

I attended an Extended Services conference in Warwick today. Extended Services is what used to be called Extended Schools, and is all about providing a range of services to children, young people and familes that “wrap around” the normal school day – using both school and other community facilities. Schools have been grouped in “clusters” […]

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Schools Forum

by John Whitehouse on 25 January, 2008

The Schools Forum is a statutory body to be consulted by the County Council on matters of schools finance and funding, and with specific decision making powers. It is made up of headteachers, governors and other non-school representatives. As the Liberal Democrats’ spokesperson I attend in a non-voting capacity. At yesterday’s meeting we had confirmation […]

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