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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 4 February 2008
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Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.
SHORTAGE OF INTERPRETERS
The number of languages spoken at the EU has reached 23, but there is a shortage of interpreters, particularly those with English as a first language. The average age of interpreters is 50. They are heading for retirement and with a decrease in the number of students carrying on to study languages to keystage 4 and beyond, there is a crisis looming.
Judy Merry went to the University of Leeds to speak to Dr Svetlana Carsten, Director of the National Network for Interpreting; and students.
Libby Purves discusses the issues with Heather McGuinness,Programme Manager, Routes into Languages; and Brian Fox, Director of Interpretation at the EU,.

PACKAGE: ANGER MANAGEMENT
Caroline Swinburne
went to Glemsford Primary School in rural Suffolk where the head teacher took the radical step of enlisting the help of an anger management counsellor, Janet Byham.
Half the pupils had special needs and there were severe ‘behavioural issues’. Over several months Janet helped the children individually. She also worked with the parents and all the school staff.

EXCLUSIONS: JUDICIAL REVIEW
Follow up of last week’s item on Exclusions/Managed Moves. Two cases are currently awaiting Judicial Review in the High Court in London – and the results may have a potentially radical impact on head teachers who exclude pupils.
Discussion with Angela Jackman, education lawyer with solicitors, Fisher Meredith and Clarissa Williams, incoming president of the National Association of Headteachers and a head teacher.


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