Tag "Education"

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Delight for campaigners as war memorial plans pulled

A CONTROVERSIAL planning application to move the Smith Street war memorial and create a piazza at the Sunken Gardens has been withdrawn by the Education, Sport & Culture committee, after politicians decided they did not have enough information about the project and that it was beyond their remit.

Why did committee not trust teacher-led survey?

I REPLY to some of the online comments questioning the validity of the teachers’ survey which follow the article http://guernseypress.com/news/2016/06/27/teachers-poll-shows-more-than-70-against-selection/ So there we have it, the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture carried out its very own survey of education professionals asking them, ‘Are you in favour of selection by ability at age 11 for admission to secondary school?’ requiring a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. So we waited to see if their results were going to be similar to the survey carried out by the teachers themselves a couple of weeks earlier (which was 71% against selection). Only then would we know if the claim that there was a 50/50 teachers’ split on selection was true or not.

Teachers’ selection is clear

WHAT was already a tough in-tray for Education to deal with has become an even trickier task with a strong majority of teachers making it clear that they believe selection should go. A survey organised by those in the profession showed 70% supported the States decision last term to move to all-ability secondary schools – this compares with 21% who would support a different form of selection. In electing Deputy Paul Le Pelley as Education, Sport & Culture president, the States put in a man it knew backed an alternative form of selection to the 11-plus.

Games needs beds as much as funding

THE Guernsey Island Games Association will find out later this summer if its bid to host the event in 2021 is successful. And while the States has agreed to at least £750,000 of funding, it acknowledges further costs will likely be incurred improving sports facilities. What was only briefly covered in Education, Sport & Culture’s proposals, though, is the question of accommodation for the likely 3,500 competitors, spectators, officials and media the sporting spectacle will attract. Plus any other visitors staying during the Games.

Long-term strategy needed to encourage sporting take-up

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With a debate tomorrow regarding the hosting of the 2021 Island Games and a Sport and Activity Strategy being produced by Education, Sport & Culture due next year, the stage is set to provide a perfect platform to focus minds on the type of active legacy the States wants to achieve

A year of making policy

IN A YEAR’S time, and then each subsequent June, the new government system reaches an important landmark. In June 2017, deputies will gather to debate the policy plans of each of the principal committees before finally signing off on the first over-arching Policy & Resource Plan, which sets the high level objectives and directions of not just this Assembly but those that follow. With much of May lost to internal elections it gives deputies 12 months to get their house in order and is intended as the culmination of a series of actions which started even before April’s general election.

‘Invest in sport or pay the price’

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WITHOUT investing in sport and inactivity now, Guernsey could fall even further behind other jurisdictions, the chief executive officer of the Guernsey Sports Commission has warned as he criticised the States for its lack of funding and relying too much on the third sector.

Chance for change tied up in red tape

THE imminent departure of the principal of the Guernsey College for Further Education is an indictment of the island’s ability to embrace change. In the short time she has been working in the island it has become clear that Saboohi Famili is a visionary leader capable of effecting a genuine and much-needed transformation in tertiary education. That she should leave after just two years, frustrated at the bureaucracy and inertia that became insurmountable barriers to what needed to be done, is a heavy blow to those who wish to see education develop and prosper.

Has new deputy made a political U-turn already?

MANY St Sampson’s voters believed Carl Meerveld when he stated that he was against selection, and believed that he had done the research. He said he had and would hold the anti-selection line. However, it appears that, once elected, he has favoured popularity with fellow ministers for his own status within the States.

The period of calm will not last long for new Assembly

‘There’s no money left’: David Cameron holds up Labour MP Liam Byrne’s ill-thought-out handover letter following the UK General Election in 2010.

With presidents and committee members being decided with barely a murmur of disquiet, the new States Assembly may now be entering a period of relative calm, says Nick Mann. Now is a time quite different to the ‘policy-making whirlwind’ of the end of the last term – it is now the time for committees to get a shared vision in place before drawing up new policies in a hurry

Has minister already decided direction of education policy?

AS A former Guernsey Sports Commissioner I was delighted to read the headline of an article in the Guernsey Press on the 14 May attributed to the newly-elected president of Education, Sport and Culture, ‘Education, sport and culture will be treated in the same way’. He further expanded, ‘I am a listening deputy. My philosophy is to look, listen and learn, to review and research before making an informed decision and that means talking to the experts.’ The sentiment has also been echoed by a recently elected member of the new committee that sport and culture will not be marginalised. I applaud this view and I am hopeful this augurs well for the future of sport (and culture) in Guernsey.

Islands look at joining forces on education

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EDUCATION departments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are exploring the possibility of jointly approaching the UK to ask for islanders to be able to access the Student Loans Scheme.

P&R yet to plot a course for four-year journey

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It’s nearly three weeks since the general election and the States is still sorting out internal matters such as committee presidents and members. But even this early in its four-year lifespan, Nick Mann can see tensions arising and wonders how some big political names will fit into the new landscape

Leadership lacking on election day

AS THE dust settled on yesterday’s presidency elections signs emerged of pressure ahead under the new structure. Faced with a choice at Education between a continuity candidate which endorsed last term’s vote to end selection and one who wants it reversed, the States easily backed the latter.