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Through use of practical examples and a plainspoken narrative style that minimises the use of maths, this book demystifies data concepts, sources, and methods for public service professionals interested in understanding economic and social issues at the regional level. By blending elements of a general interest book, a textbook, and a reference book, it equips civic leaders, public administrators, urban planners, nonprofit executives, philanthropists, journalists, and graduate students in various public affairs disciplines to wield social and economic data for the benefit of their communities. While numerous books about quantitative research exist, few focus specifically on the public sector. Running the Numbers, in contrast, explores a wide array of topics of regional importance, including economic output, demographics, business structure, labour markets, and income, among many others. To that end, the book stresses practical applications, minimises the use of maths, and employs extended, chapter-length examples that demonstrate how analytical tools can illuminate the social and economic workings of actual American regions.
'[This] resource would have enormous value for all who are considering developing nurture provision within their school, as it provides a clear overview of the practical considerations involved and provides guidance on the tools that need to be devised. This well thought out resource will reduce the workload for all those setting up groups and be a real confidence giver to all Nurture leaders' - "SNIP". 'What an excellent book! "Running A Nurturing Group" does exactly what it says in the title and much more. The layout and framework must make it one of the most accessible books ever. Every chapter states its intention, unfurls - and then is concisely summarised at the end. Then we have questionnaires, tick lists, case studies and PowerPoint presentations; just what tired teachers need to take on a new body of knowledge. There is a wonderful balance of practical suggestions and theory - at all the times you feel you are in the hands of a dedicated, researcher and practitioner' - Jenny Mosley, Founder of Quality Circle Time. '"Running a Nurture Group is a worthwhile book full of useful ideas and resources for nurture group practitioners. Simon Bishop is a skilled nurture group practitioner and he links his contemporary, practical experience to the wider range of ideas and thinking that inform and underpin nurture group work in a helpful and accessible style. I am delighted to commend this important addition to the increasing literature on nurture groups - Jim Rose, Director, The Nurture Group Network. Setting up and running a Nurture Group in your school is an effective way to improve the quality of educational provision for every child, not just for those with special educational needs. This practical book is especially useful for those new to the idea of Nurture Groups. It offers a clear structure for making a Nurture Group work effectively, and provides tried and tested photocopiable resources to support the whole process. The author: explains how and why Nurture Groups work; shows how all children's social, emotional & educational development improves; gives practical advice on setting up and running a Nurture Group; tells you how to assess and monitor the children's progress; supplies materials to use when leading INSET sessions with colleagues; and, provides lots of photocopiable resources on an accompanying CD Rom. An inspirational read for all teachers and support staff, this book will appeal to anyone working with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties.
This book details how to start your running programme and specifically covers the steps necessary to tackle the 5k distance. This is an ideal distance to start with as it only requires on average 30 minutes of running Following the advice offered in this book will enable you to start running and be fit enough to be running a 5k race within 8 weeks. In this book you will find all the main areas that need to be covered to take someone from no running experience to being able to run 5k in a reasonable time. Topics such as, .The Benefits of running, .Preparation - the essentials, .Training - following the plan, .Racing - how to approach your first race, .Evaluating - taking stock of how you ran, .Injuries and how to prevent them, .Exercises - some essential ones for runners and more.... Following the simply laid out information will enable anyone to start running and enjoy the experience of entering their first 5k race."
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