Deputies to be given secondary education update

STATES members will be given an update on the future of secondary education and the progress of the pause-and-review requete investigations at a special session early next month.

Education president Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen. (28957501)
Education president Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen. (28957501)

Andrea Dudley-Owen, the president of Education, Sport & Culture, said that a series of workshops for school staff had been held, and the next stage of the review would involve using ‘the right parameters and comparators’.

Further consultation and engagement is planned, which will include the views of island employers.

Deputy Dudley-Owen urged her political colleagues to get involved and not sit on the sidelines.

‘We will never find a model that ticks every box for every single one of us, but through compromise and collaborative working we can find – and implement – a solution that is the very best fit for Guernsey, and we owe nothing less to the children and young people whose precious education we hold in our hands.’

Deputy Dudley-Owen said while analysis of the revenue costs of the different models had been received, the committee was querying the costs of the current model.

‘The committee knows that it needs to ensure that the drivers for change which have been identified as financial and curriculum inefficiencies, are proven, so further work is therefore being undertaken using the current operating model as the baseline to compare the various possible configurations, to ensure that any inefficiencies are clearly dealt with by alternative model options, and this work is being undertaken in preparation for the States’ members session.’

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