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Teachers’ views must not be ignored

I HAVE just listened to the president of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture being interviewed on BBC Guernsey. He was responding to a teachers’ survey showing that 71% of educationalists support scrapping selection at 11. I have to say that I was appalled at the dismissive tone Deputy Paul Le Pelley took towards his own professional staff. While I welcome the fact that he re-iterated his previous statement that he was in ‘listening mode’ and was willing to hear the point of view of local teaching staff, he repeatedly sought to belittle their viewpoint by claiming they had ‘a vested interest’.

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.

Are deputies listening to experts as 11-plus debate continues?

THE important education debate continues. But are the deputies listening to the informed opinions of the experts? Or are they prone to listen to doorstep chatter by people who are simply nostalgic for their old school days? Or listening to those who have a vested interest in the continuation of the unfairness and inequality of a selection system? I ask them to consider the following points:

Eisteddfod is an event the people of Guernsey should be proud of

I HAD the great privilege of adjudicating the music section of the island’s Eisteddfod a few weeks ago and have been reflecting on the exceptional quality and quantity of the performances I heard. The 10 days or so of musical celebration were highly enjoyable and made a deep impression – I was made very welcome and hope to return soon to visit with my family.

Uncertainty will not let go of schools

DEPUTIES spent yesterday furiously trying to untangle the mess they had made of the review of secondary education. To a large extent they have failed and left it for others to tidy up.

The hidden danger of the late ambush

WITH two weeks to go, the battle lines have been drawn and the trenches dug in the secondary education debate. The lack of common ground on such a divisive issue is perhaps not surprising but it is disappointing that, more than a decade since the last 11-plus debate, there is so little sign of fresh thought or a way past the stalemate.

Education needs to do a lot of convincing over its plans

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The Education Department is again under fire as its proposals to abolish the 11-plus and create a single secondary school over four sites have been criticised from several angles. If it wants to push them through in the life of this Assembly, there are some things it needs to do in order to show everyone that what it is proposing is better than what the island has...

Real problems with schools go beyond bricks and mortar

ONE OF the most difficult problems in all primary and high schools in Guernsey which has not been addressed is bullying. It is estimated that over 20% of all children are bullied, some very seriously. Teachers are well aware of the problem but find it very difficult to deal with.

School changes will be driven by teachers

I WOULD like to the thank the Guernsey Press for its supportive editorial comment on Wednesday 5 February and acknowledge that the Education Department can always do better with the way it communicates exciting initiatives such as the Guernsey federation of secondary schools to its staff, students and the wider community. On behalf of the Education board, I welcome this opportunity to provide some greater clarity on the proposals and address some of the misconceptions currently circulating.

Teachers still in pay talks - a year on

STATES negotiating is again under the spotlight after it was revealed that teachers and the Policy Council are still at odds over last September's pay - a year after talks began.

Teachers are short-changed

DOZENS of supply teachers have been thrust into financial hardship following problems with a new computer payment system, it has been claimed.