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Selection process is not the problem

WITH reference to the letter by Gervase Ashton Certain, Ed, BA, MEd, in the Guernsey Press of 1 March. It makes me angry that an educational professional (according to their post-nominal letters) can write about ‘young people deemed failures at 11’. The selection process decides which route the child takes (i.e. vocational via the high schools, or academic via the Grammar School) and should not be seen as pass/fail.

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Neil Ross’ Emile has had his calculator out and it’s telling him some worrying things. Over its four-year term, he calculates, this States has lost an average of about £2.5m. every year by getting things wrong. ‘I bet they don’t put that in their manifestos,’ he tells cousin Eugene...

Education defends Islam homework


EDUCATION has defended a decision to set homework that asked pupils to write a letter to their family explaining why they had converted to Islam.

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Even if there had been more time for us to get to grips with them, Education’s proposals are lacking in the detail we need if we’re to weigh them up properly, says our columnist, Horace Camp. But actually, that’s not his greatest concern about the whole thing...

Time for 11-plus to go

I HAVE been following with interest the developments in recent months regarding the proposals for the 11-plus and secondary education. I am a teacher with 15 years’ experience across Guernsey and the UK and am currently a member of the senior leadership team of a primary school in Guernsey. In my opinion, the 11-plus system of selection is outdated, ineffective and no longer fulfils the purpose which it, perhaps, once did. I applaud the plan to rid our education system of it. I don’t comment too often on Guernsey issues but I feel qualified to do so on this matter.

Pick and mix consultation loses its way

FOR ambition, fresh-thinking and diversity Education must be congratulated for its consultation on the future of secondary schools. Not content with getting 4,000 islanders to fill in an online survey the department set up 28 focus groups of everyone from business leaders to charity workers and used technology to create a ‘closed crowd’ where teachers could debate freely and without fear of repercussions.