Following on from my previous remarks on the relaxation of regulations for school building works, here is Michael Gove's announcement on the £500 million for building works to accommodate more pupils.
The "bulge" is at primary school level. I experienced this first hand as I appealed against a decision to refuse a place at a local primary school for the child of a friend. This and other appeals led to 8 extra pupils in the reception class.
Interestingly, the local secondary schools (in Canterbury) are struggling for pupil numbers at year 7 entry. The talk is that one of the local secondary schools might disappear as a result of the declining pupil demographic. If this happens, will they re-open it once the extra primary school numbers feed through? I love the fact that population demographics are clear and published, yet the associated planning is chaotic.
If you get to the end of Michael Gove's letter your will see his decision on Building Schools for the Future (BSF). You might recall there was a judicial review (brought by Kent County Council and others) and Mr Gove was instructed to re-consider his decision. He did so...and the outcome... he was right first time and there will be no changes. Let's try not to think about the huge cost of this pointless review process.
Written ministerial statement by Education Secretary Michael Gove on the allocation of extra £500 million to address the shortage in pupil places, and the launch of the consultation on school premises...
The Martin Lewis guide to the new student loan system has been out for some time. It is worth checking back to from time to time as it is updated periodically and to simply to be reminded of the figures.
I still think that a lot of people just don't get it. For all practical purposes it is a graduate tax. For all the debate on differences in tuition fees between universities and colleges, those differences will make little to no difference to the students.
Advice - go for best course in a subject that really interests you and be sure to check out what happened to previous graduates on the course. What employment (or not) did they go on to? Slightly more difficult but worthwhile, is to find out what graduates of earlier years are doing now.
Result! Red wine is good for the diet as well as for blood pressure. OK, you may need to drink 13 bottles per night, but I can't see a downside there. Idiot researchers suggest taking the beneficial ingredient in tablet form - why would you want to do that?
* a link between classroom observations and pay; * assessing staff standards of dress; * using the term "grade 3" instead of "satisfactory" * having district superintendents answerable to the Secretary of State * not designating as many children as having special educational needs (paraphrasing here).
Interestingly enough Sir Michael's ethos is "if anyone says to you that 'staff morale is at an all-time low' you will know you are doing something right". Presumably this has served well in the past and is likely to serve very, very well in the future.
Saying that, I agree with the third point (though I might use the term "adequate") and I could have a lot of fun with point 2. I shall be now be assessing standards of dress for each member of staff who come into my office, using the four inspection grades (outstanding, good, grade 3 and inadequate) obviously.
The Government hails further education for its contribution to education and the economy. So increasingly adults have to pay for their own education and now increasingly so do the people who want to provide that education.
Lego Universe is closing on 31 January 2012, my ten year old is pretty annoyed. Luckily, I have checked, there will be refunds for the unused parts of subscriptions.Lego Universe has also said, as a thank you, that the last month will be free if you are a subscriber on 31 December 2011.
At first glance it looks like a victory for common sense. Look at note 4 to editors, can it be a coincidence that it is announced at the same time as a rather modest grant to fund buildings works to accommodate additional school pupils. When money is short, regulation is relaxed.
Schools to be freed from over-prescriptive buildings rules. Common sense approach to replace unnecessary regulation. Guidance for schools reduced to a quarter. Schools across England are to be freed f...