Tag "Education"

Timing is everything in school debate

EDUCATION’S staged approach to releasing information about the transformation of the secondary school system will buy it time to draw up detailed plans. However, until the full picture is put together at the end of the year, parents, pupils and teachers cannot be sure what the future looks like. The first bit of the jigsaw to come into view will be the proposals for how to transform the education estate to set up all-ability teaching in a three-school model.

Cost can double, but no holidays during the term

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GUERNSEY parents face paying almost double for trips during school holidays compared with travelling during term-time as Education and teachers stress the importance of keeping children in school.

What will the future of education actually look like?

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A throwaway comment by Education concerning the cohort of 2017 pupils about to enter secondary education as it undergoes the seismic change from a selective to an all-ability system has Horace Camp wondering if he has grasped the wrong end of the stick

Education must stay on track

THERE are three unspoken messages that need to be countered following changes to the public sector leadership of Education, Sport and Culture. The first is that the move might herald a change of direction for the committee’s two most contentious policies: all-ability schools and free pre-school education. While the departing chief secretary may have clashed with some members of his board on both subjects his departure does not change anything.

Dim twinklings of an economic recovery shouldn’t mean spend

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The first financial surplus since the creation of zero-10 in 2008 has led several politicians to consider veering off the course of restraint. That the States has done all it must to make the public sector as lean as it can is questionable. Will the Assembly think long term and stay on track to maintain cost-cutting initiatives, or run away with this first year of economic positivity?

Long-term permits the ‘key to stability’

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GRANTING long-term employment permits to key staff within the health industry will reduce staff turnover and provide stability within the workforce, Health & Social Care has said.

Swift action missing from conduct complaint debacle

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The Policy & Resources Committee’s investigation into the events that followed Deputy Marc Leadbeater’s resignation from Education, Sport & Culture has revealed some of the political engineering that typically happens out of the public eye

UK figures show grammar schools work

OFFICIAL data released by the department for Education show that 94 per cent of children at Grammar Schools have made good progress by the time they are 16, compared with less than half (49 per cent) of students at non-selective schools. These figures are a boost for Theresa May’s plans to overturn the ban on grammar schools imposed by Labour some 20 years ago.