Tag "Education"

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.

Disability whisper must be silenced

WHILE no one wishes to prolong last week’s debate over the motion of no confidence in Education, it has left a bitter aftertaste that is proving hard to swallow. It has nothing to do with education, or at least nothing to do with the 11-plus and selection. At its heart is the treatment of Deputy Marc Leadbeater and the reasons given for not inviting him back on the committee.

Education up against it to deliver the goods on time

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After eight months treading water and now with less than half of that time to devise a new secondary school system, Nick Mann asks whether it really is reasonable to expect Education, Sport & Culture to deliver a coherent policy within that timeframe given that four out of five of the committee have strong objections to an all-ability system

All of States promises to end selection

IN ONE of the most bizarre political twists the States yesterday turned on its head. When all the votes were counted, a committee steadfast in its commitment to bring in all-ability schools was kept in power by 18 staunch exponents of selection. In a debate that was supposedly about integrity, commitment and ability – and nothing to do with the merits of selection – only four out of 38 deputies changed sides from the 21-19 vote on the 11-plus. Five abstained and the rest voted along party lines.

Marking the cost of free education

COUNTING the cost of the free pre-school scheme is easy. Determining its value is much harder. At first glance, the cost of £1.2m. a year seems high, especially when Education explains that, even before the scheme started, only 12% of 3- and 4-year-olds had never attended pre-school before going to primary school. That’s 64 out of 550. If those 64 were the only target it would make the cost per pupil a mighty £20,000 each.