Tag "Education"

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.

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.

2017 agenda will feel akin to climbing Alpe d’Huez

Stylised pics of the Alpe d'Huez for POLITICS Page.

The 11-plus vote apart, the States has been largely marking time since the general election at the end of April. But this year will be a lot different, says Nick Mann. Starting with a vote of no confidence in Education, Sport & Culture, big debates, including the waste strategy and the island-wide voting referendum, will follow one after the other

Pre-school change will see money back claim


EMPLOYMENT & Social Security will demand its money back for family allowance, if Education proceeds to change the funding arrangements for universal pre-school education, it has warned.

The rule of manure

Given the state of the High Street in the early 1900s, it is easy to imagine how much more manure would be generated in London. (FW Guerin Collection, 16987741)

A couple of centuries ago experts were predicting that we would be drowning under manure if towns and cities continued to grow at the predicted rate. But as Horace Camp points out, what experts often fail to see coming is the new and revolutionary. He believes the current Education, Sport & Culture team are best placed to provide the latter

Let Education get on with ‘unenviable and uphill task’

AT THE outset Deputy Paul Le Pelley stated in the columns of the Press that he would see the States decision to its conclusion even if it wasn’t one with which he agreed. What short memories the States members and your headline writers have. Presumably Deputy Le Pelley was elected as Education, Sport & Culture president by his fellow States members because they had confidence in his ability to take on that role. He’d had first-hand experience in island schools, and had gained valuable experience during his time as a member of the previous States. During the 30 November debate on the future of Education many points were raised for, and against. I felt that Deputy Le Pelley spoke from the heart. He expressed his honest opinions in a direct manner and it is pitiable that a female deputy was shaken and a teachers’ union representative claimed that teachers had been insulted. Those who are/were taught in an educational establishment, whatever its fancy name, have a starting point for believing that they know about schools, education, and how they are run: from this knowledge an expert will pop up, who expands on their school and the educational system, whether it be praise or condemnation, depending on the size of the oak-tree-sized chip on their shoulder.

EDUCATION, Sport & Culture has passed on the opportunity to have a quick and clean resolution to its future. That is a mistake that means a cloud will continue to hang over crucial work on which quick and clear progress needs to be made. It discussed the impending motion of no-confidence yesterday morning and, while not commenting publicly, it told deputies it will get on with the work to move to an all-ability secondary system – inviting them all to a workshop at the end of January to discuss what to do.

Time for the ‘musketeers’ to fall on their swords

Education, Sport & Culture vice-president Deputy Carl Meerveld, left and Deputy Marc Leadbeater, who has resigned from the committee.

Deputy Marc Leadbeater’s resignation from the Education board should be a catalyst for the remaining members to follow suit and avoid all the disruption and uncertainty that holding on will cause, suggests Nick Mann 

Setting in schools would benefit all

AS A regular reader of the Guernsey Press, qualified English teacher and proud Guernesiaise living in the UK, I know much has already been written on the subject of the recent vote in the States to abolish education selection at 11 (the ‘11-plus’). Although now residing in London, I was born and grew up on the island. I was fortunate to be able to take advantage of Guernsey’s state education system, attending first Amherst school and, from the age of 11, the Guernsey Grammar School. I now teach English as a foreign language. There is no doubt that the 11-plus is a crude instrument for separating those according to their academic ability.

Reading the signs for life

IT is one of the most misunderstood of learning difficulties, despite affecting in some way around 10% of the population. Yet for those managing their dyslexia every day, that is just one of the challenges they face. Here in Guernsey, thanks to a valued local charity now celebrating its 30th year, much work has been done to explode the myths surrounding the condition – a specific reading disorder, which can also affect numeracy but does not reflect low intelligence.