Tag "Education"

A road test for Education’s big vision

WITH the new school term starting next week comes the acid test of Education’s assurance that it could close schools without damaging children’s learning.

Education fails 11-plus duty of care

THE measure of an organisation is often best judged by what it does when things go wrong, not when all is rosy. Every business or government body makes mistakes at some stage and has to pick up the pieces. Some do it much better than others.

States, cut costs first

THE report released by the CGI, the Chamber of Commerce and Giba points to the problems with respect to introducing GST and notes that ‘there has been an increase in States pay between 2006 and now of £40m. – which would wipe out the deficit’.

Sleep walking into disaster?

AFTER the recent proposals regarding the future education of our children, I thought I would sit back and wait for the stream of letters to the Guernsey Press from anxious islanders.

Vision must be applied with direction

THIS week’s political events in the UK have only served to highlight why Guernsey is right to be cautious of blindly following educational reforms being trumpeted by whichever politician happens to be in charge.

Self-review system will not quiet critics

THE Education minister’s confirmation that the department is finally to be inspected is welcome. But what sort of review will it be? The minister says it will cover the board and its officers ‘and it will be covering everything involved in the way things work’.

Review of Education is promised

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NO ONE will escape scrutiny under a root-and-branch inspection of the Education Department that aims to drive standards and improvements, minister Robert Sillars yesterday pledged.

Schools guru steps down from Education

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A FORMER head teacher hailed as the man who could help overhaul Guernsey’s schooling system has resigned from the Education board saying he had ‘lost confidence’ in the department.

Education changes its mind on GCSEs

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EDUCATION has announced a major shake-up of how all 14- to 19-year-olds will be tested, with schools being able to pick and choose from a wide range of qualifications.

Not the time to scrap 11-plus

I NOTED with some concern the views of Deputy Le Lievre on the 11-plus as reported in your paper of 31 May, ‘Eleven plus no longer fit for purpose.’ The 11-plus has not changed much, if at all. What seems to have changed is the emphasis of teaching in schools.

Deputy slams inequality over college scholarships

Andrew Le Lievre

CHILDREN in social housing face such an inequality in education that not one has secured a scholarship at any of Guernsey’s colleges for the last seven years, Education’s deputy minister says.

HSSD and Education set for £7.5m. overspend

Deputy Mark Dorey

A COMBINED overspend of over £7.5m. is predicted from two of Guernsey’s biggest departments, Health and Social Services and Education, sparking calls for urgent action and review.

Home could yet be top of the class

WITH this Assembly half way through its political term, attention has inevitably turned to how well it is doing and whether it has yet earned the title of ‘worst States ever’. The answer is no. It hasn’t done enough yet for islanders to draw an informed conclusion.

Uni plans are grand - but not risk-free

GUERNSEY’S chief minister insists that a lot of progress is being made in pursuing plans to establish a University of the Channel Islands in Guernsey and officials are working with the private business behind it to ensure it happens.