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LEARNING CURVE
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The Learning Curve
Mon 20:30 - 21:00
Sun 23:00 - 23:30 (rpt)
 
The definitive guide to learning
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Monday 17 September 2007
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Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.
FUNDING FOR STUDENTS STUDYING FOR A SECOND UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
People who did a first degree years ago often want to take another one – maybe in order to get a better or a different job. Your 1978 English degree is not enough; you want a degree level management course, or child psychology , or Russian. Retraining and lifelong learning are government buzzwords, have been for years. But suddenly, John Denham, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, has told the Higher Education Funding Committee, (HEFCE) that financial support is to be phased out for people who already have a first degree.
To discuss the issues Libby Purves is joined by Bill Rammell, Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education; and David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, University of London – just the sort of College that until now has catered for this type of student.

SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN
Recent figures from Transport for London say that half of cars on the road during morning rush hour are still for trips to school. But all over the country School Travel Plans encourage schools to seek practical solutions to reduce the number of cars dropping children off at school. TfL helps schools with support, advice and practical help, i.e funding for cycle parking, road safety improvements, and setting up car sharing schemes. Libby Purves talks to Liz Bowgett, Enrichment and Resources Coordinator at New City Primary School in Newham East London, where they’ve amazingly cut the car journeys to school down to zero.
Actuality of the children arriving at school on their bicycles.

EMMAUS COMMUNITIES
Emmaus communities house vulnerable men and women, and give them food, clothing and a weekly allowance. In return its ‘companions’, as residents are known, sign off benefit and work to the best of their ability collecting, refurbishing and reselling donated furniture at the Emmaus shops. Many companions have been living on the streets and sleeping rough. Emmaus encourages its companions to take free courses in educational, vocational and life skills.
Reporter, Melissa Viney, visited the Emmaus Community Brighton and Hove to find out how these opportunities have turned many residents’ lives around.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Libby talks to Dr Felicity Wikeley who, with her colleagues at Bath University, has undertaken a study of how formal out-of-school activities affect the learning and education of different classes of children. They interviewed 55 children aged 11 and 14 from the south west of England.

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