More deregulation of state education.

Carry out an excercise to systematically review all state school regulation to ensure it passes the test:

1) Remove any regulation that criminalises teachers and schools for teaching above the minimum state capped standards

2) Remove the regulation that discourages schools from teaching above the minimum standard 

3) Keep regulation that protects the least able and requires state schools to teach to a minimum standard

4) Add regulation to require schools to provide opportunities to all children fairly not just the least able.

Why is this idea important?

Carry out an excercise to systematically review all state school regulation to ensure it passes the test:

1) Remove any regulation that criminalises teachers and schools for teaching above the minimum state capped standards

2) Remove the regulation that discourages schools from teaching above the minimum standard 

3) Keep regulation that protects the least able and requires state schools to teach to a minimum standard

4) Add regulation to require schools to provide opportunities to all children fairly not just the least able.

Get rid of regulations governing school dinners

There are regulations governing to the nth degree what schools should provide in terms of school dinners. These should go and be replaced by a general duty on schools to provide good quality and nutritious food.

Why is this idea important?

There are regulations governing to the nth degree what schools should provide in terms of school dinners. These should go and be replaced by a general duty on schools to provide good quality and nutritious food.

OFSTED – Inspectors paid in excess of £1000 per day!!!

The days of effective OFSTED inspections are over.  After recently had a team of inspectors in my school the only outcome was that the team were ineffective and rude.  The judgement on lessons were made after being in the room for 10 to 15 mins of an hour lesson and 'refusing' to read the lesson plan.  The inspectors gave stupid feedback to staff including "why teach algebra its boring" "No formal maths teaching is required should all be taught through games".  In the past inspections took a week and this did give the inspection team time to get a feel for the school.  In the new inspections its only two days and the report is based on prior data so basically teacher could walk on water and the outcome is already decided.  The education in this country needs help but not by a team of inspectors who are inspecting lessons when they clearly in most cases are not subject specialists.  the amount of money paid to inspcetors is 'silly' do they really need to paid so much and achieve so little.  The judgements cannot be questioned when it is obvious mistakes have been made.  So its my humble opinion that school inspections should be handed over to the relevant LEA and this will then stop excessive payments for inaccurate and inconsistent judgements.

Why is this idea important?

The days of effective OFSTED inspections are over.  After recently had a team of inspectors in my school the only outcome was that the team were ineffective and rude.  The judgement on lessons were made after being in the room for 10 to 15 mins of an hour lesson and 'refusing' to read the lesson plan.  The inspectors gave stupid feedback to staff including "why teach algebra its boring" "No formal maths teaching is required should all be taught through games".  In the past inspections took a week and this did give the inspection team time to get a feel for the school.  In the new inspections its only two days and the report is based on prior data so basically teacher could walk on water and the outcome is already decided.  The education in this country needs help but not by a team of inspectors who are inspecting lessons when they clearly in most cases are not subject specialists.  the amount of money paid to inspcetors is 'silly' do they really need to paid so much and achieve so little.  The judgements cannot be questioned when it is obvious mistakes have been made.  So its my humble opinion that school inspections should be handed over to the relevant LEA and this will then stop excessive payments for inaccurate and inconsistent judgements.

Widen the criteria for Career Development Loans

At the moment, the Personal & Career Development bank loan scheme does not fund several types of learning which would significantly improve borrowers' employment prospects. Could the regulations be amended to allow loans for driving lessons, and private tuition and entry fees for GCSE and A-Level resits as a private candidate?

Good exam grades and a driving licence are obviously useful investments, essential for very many jobs, but there is currently no financial support of any sort available. Private bank loans under the PCDL scheme would strike the right balance between helping the unskilled and making them responsible for their own future, at the very limited cost to taxpayers of a few months' interest at the start of each loan.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, the Personal & Career Development bank loan scheme does not fund several types of learning which would significantly improve borrowers' employment prospects. Could the regulations be amended to allow loans for driving lessons, and private tuition and entry fees for GCSE and A-Level resits as a private candidate?

Good exam grades and a driving licence are obviously useful investments, essential for very many jobs, but there is currently no financial support of any sort available. Private bank loans under the PCDL scheme would strike the right balance between helping the unskilled and making them responsible for their own future, at the very limited cost to taxpayers of a few months' interest at the start of each loan.

Remove Quango interference in how teachers teach/work

The Institute For Learning (IFL) is just an unnecessary organisation that Further Education teachers are obliged to join, just so that they can record any training or CPD that they have engaged in.  Why is this necessary?  it is just  another layer of form-filling bureacracy that wastes time that FE teachers should be using in planning and teaching.

Also, OFSTED appears to be treating Further Education Colleges as if they are schools.  Instead treating college students as trainee adults, we are being forced to treat them more like little children.  Much of what ofsted requires of schools is unsuitable for colleges.

Why is this idea important?

The Institute For Learning (IFL) is just an unnecessary organisation that Further Education teachers are obliged to join, just so that they can record any training or CPD that they have engaged in.  Why is this necessary?  it is just  another layer of form-filling bureacracy that wastes time that FE teachers should be using in planning and teaching.

Also, OFSTED appears to be treating Further Education Colleges as if they are schools.  Instead treating college students as trainee adults, we are being forced to treat them more like little children.  Much of what ofsted requires of schools is unsuitable for colleges.

Maximum CSA contributions

Issue 1.

Currently, the first child is entitled to 15% of the gross income of their absent parent up to a limit of 300 per week.

So if the absent parent is earning 108,000 per annum, the parent-with-care receives 16,200 per annum

If the absent parent is earning 300,000 per annum, the parent-with-care still receives only 16,200 per annum!

I propose to remove this limit.

Issue 2.

The absent parent should be legally obliged to be full and frank with the CSA about their financial circumstances. The CSA should make no changes to the parent-in-care's income until the parent-with-care has had an opportunity to challenge it.

I propose that the CSA has the same powers as a court to require the absent parent to complete a Form E.

Issue 3.

Where the absent parent has control over their own earnings the courts should have jurisdiction over the CSA to set their maintenance liability.

Why is this idea important?

Issue 1.

Currently, the first child is entitled to 15% of the gross income of their absent parent up to a limit of 300 per week.

So if the absent parent is earning 108,000 per annum, the parent-with-care receives 16,200 per annum

If the absent parent is earning 300,000 per annum, the parent-with-care still receives only 16,200 per annum!

I propose to remove this limit.

Issue 2.

The absent parent should be legally obliged to be full and frank with the CSA about their financial circumstances. The CSA should make no changes to the parent-in-care's income until the parent-with-care has had an opportunity to challenge it.

I propose that the CSA has the same powers as a court to require the absent parent to complete a Form E.

Issue 3.

Where the absent parent has control over their own earnings the courts should have jurisdiction over the CSA to set their maintenance liability.

Review Children’s licencing laws

Schools that put on peformances do not have to get the children licenced. Amatur theatre companies that children belong to do have to be licenced.

My suggestion is this should be changed from 6 days to 7 days without a licence. This would cut out the massive inconvenience to everyone, would reduce work load at all local councils and would have no affect at all on the safety of children.

Over 7 days should still be regulated in the same way as now. So for one day the whole system would become more user friendly and free up council staff to do far more important things.

Why is this idea important?

Schools that put on peformances do not have to get the children licenced. Amatur theatre companies that children belong to do have to be licenced.

My suggestion is this should be changed from 6 days to 7 days without a licence. This would cut out the massive inconvenience to everyone, would reduce work load at all local councils and would have no affect at all on the safety of children.

Over 7 days should still be regulated in the same way as now. So for one day the whole system would become more user friendly and free up council staff to do far more important things.

Compulsory language in secondary schools

I understand that you are looking for legislation to be abolished – but can we reverse an abolition of a legislation?

Bring back compulsory foreign language in secondary schools.

Ideally, introduce it at Key Stage 2 and keep it as a core curriculum subject through Key Stages 3 and 4.

Why is this idea important?

I understand that you are looking for legislation to be abolished – but can we reverse an abolition of a legislation?

Bring back compulsory foreign language in secondary schools.

Ideally, introduce it at Key Stage 2 and keep it as a core curriculum subject through Key Stages 3 and 4.

Reduce bureaucracy in research funding applications

Applying for funding via research councils and other sources is a vast bureaucratic maze.  For example, the last EPSRC funding proposal I applied for had a 14 months time line between the submission date and money arriving (should you be in the handful of percent who picked the right lottery numbers).  For 3 years of funding for one researcher this is simply untenable – I'd have to spend half of the time lining up the next proposal just to stay in a job.  A current KTP proposal, dispite being 'lightweight' and 'fast track' is now in it's 10th month – for a 1 year long position.  The costs, in terms of time spent is approaching 1/3rd of the value of the grant.

Bureaucracy and inefficiency in the process of applying for research funding wastes huge amounts of time and money.  It keeps public funded scientists away from doing actual science and instead having to play 'buzzword bingo' to work out what is fashionable with the research councils this week, just so they have a job next year.

Why is this idea important?

Applying for funding via research councils and other sources is a vast bureaucratic maze.  For example, the last EPSRC funding proposal I applied for had a 14 months time line between the submission date and money arriving (should you be in the handful of percent who picked the right lottery numbers).  For 3 years of funding for one researcher this is simply untenable – I'd have to spend half of the time lining up the next proposal just to stay in a job.  A current KTP proposal, dispite being 'lightweight' and 'fast track' is now in it's 10th month – for a 1 year long position.  The costs, in terms of time spent is approaching 1/3rd of the value of the grant.

Bureaucracy and inefficiency in the process of applying for research funding wastes huge amounts of time and money.  It keeps public funded scientists away from doing actual science and instead having to play 'buzzword bingo' to work out what is fashionable with the research councils this week, just so they have a job next year.

Remove building maintenance budgets from Headteachers and return to Buildings Management within Councils

School Buildings Maintenance Budgets should be managed by those qualified in Buildings maintenance management and purchasing of services,  it should not be within the Headteachers and their employees remit.  Not saying Headteachers are not capable, they have had to try to be, but they didn't go to University all that time ago to learn how to actually manage the building, the site team, the cleaners, the health and safety, the contractors etc etc.

Why else now do we have school buildings fallen into massive disrepair from a maintenance and health and safety point of view and in need of being knocked down and replaced with new buildings under PFI contracts that in the longterm are going to cost the earth and not employ local population or businesses to continue to maintain them in future?

Headteachers are trained teachers and their priority is teaching.  Not entirely interested whether there are enough fire extinguishers, the boiler is serviced, the water system is annually checked for legionella, that the Science, CDT department or Home Economy department is using safe equipment and practices or whether the exterior of the building is collapsing and decaying around them.  They would argue that the budgets they receive from councils do not provide enough to go around but they want and need high class teachers in high class classrooms with the best technology – doesn't matter if the roof tiles are falling down around the ceiling mounted projector! – doesn't matter if the windows are going to fall out!  they have to meet educational targets quite rightly.  We used to have the most envied educational standards in the world.

Head Teachers have been lead to believe for the past years that they are going to get new PFI schools with others managing the facilities for them and  (if were even before) haven't been spending their buildings maintenance allowance budget on buildings maintenance but on other things more in line with meeting their educational targets (understandably so as that's how they get their annual bonuses and pay increments)!

PFI's are not the answer, the council's own buildings/asset management should take back responsibility for those council owned buildings and be given the budget to maintain them correctly and gain the economies of scale through whole area buildings maintenance contracts, also ensuring that local businesses don't completely fold due to the onslaught of PFI maintenance contracts that don't use local companies!  And they have the thorough Health and Safety expertise needed.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

School Buildings Maintenance Budgets should be managed by those qualified in Buildings maintenance management and purchasing of services,  it should not be within the Headteachers and their employees remit.  Not saying Headteachers are not capable, they have had to try to be, but they didn't go to University all that time ago to learn how to actually manage the building, the site team, the cleaners, the health and safety, the contractors etc etc.

Why else now do we have school buildings fallen into massive disrepair from a maintenance and health and safety point of view and in need of being knocked down and replaced with new buildings under PFI contracts that in the longterm are going to cost the earth and not employ local population or businesses to continue to maintain them in future?

Headteachers are trained teachers and their priority is teaching.  Not entirely interested whether there are enough fire extinguishers, the boiler is serviced, the water system is annually checked for legionella, that the Science, CDT department or Home Economy department is using safe equipment and practices or whether the exterior of the building is collapsing and decaying around them.  They would argue that the budgets they receive from councils do not provide enough to go around but they want and need high class teachers in high class classrooms with the best technology – doesn't matter if the roof tiles are falling down around the ceiling mounted projector! – doesn't matter if the windows are going to fall out!  they have to meet educational targets quite rightly.  We used to have the most envied educational standards in the world.

Head Teachers have been lead to believe for the past years that they are going to get new PFI schools with others managing the facilities for them and  (if were even before) haven't been spending their buildings maintenance allowance budget on buildings maintenance but on other things more in line with meeting their educational targets (understandably so as that's how they get their annual bonuses and pay increments)!

PFI's are not the answer, the council's own buildings/asset management should take back responsibility for those council owned buildings and be given the budget to maintain them correctly and gain the economies of scale through whole area buildings maintenance contracts, also ensuring that local businesses don't completely fold due to the onslaught of PFI maintenance contracts that don't use local companies!  And they have the thorough Health and Safety expertise needed.

 

 

 

Repeal requirement that says playgroup leaders need degree level training

Because playgroup leaders are very low paid and work part-time, they could never afford to invest in a degree given the expected level income associated with this post. If this regulation goes ahead playgroups will close.

 

Why is this idea important?

Because playgroup leaders are very low paid and work part-time, they could never afford to invest in a degree given the expected level income associated with this post. If this regulation goes ahead playgroups will close.

 

Scrap Ofsted

Make Head Teachers responsible for the school's performance, sending all tests results electronically to the Education Department for comparison.

 

Australian teaching/learning standards are higher than UK and they don't need regular and expensive Ofsted inspections, that stress teachers who are forced 'on stage' for days when the Head Teacher should know exactly what is happening in their school.

Why is this idea important?

Make Head Teachers responsible for the school's performance, sending all tests results electronically to the Education Department for comparison.

 

Australian teaching/learning standards are higher than UK and they don't need regular and expensive Ofsted inspections, that stress teachers who are forced 'on stage' for days when the Head Teacher should know exactly what is happening in their school.

Stop abuse of University maintenance grants by the self employed

Many well off students are receiving grants from the Government and the university they attend because their self employed parents under report their income level

 

This is done with the support of creative accountants who produce bogus income figures

 

Why is this idea important?

Many well off students are receiving grants from the Government and the university they attend because their self employed parents under report their income level

 

This is done with the support of creative accountants who produce bogus income figures

 

Abolish Education Maintenance Allowance

This allowance is meant to be received by those on a low income

However many self employed and very well off people get this.  The system is being abused by many and the offspring of the well heeled are claiming what they don't deserve and are not entitled to. 

 

Those who work within the ystem have much anecdotal knowledge of abuse of this allowance.

Accountants of the self employed collude in allowing this to happen

Why is this idea important?

This allowance is meant to be received by those on a low income

However many self employed and very well off people get this.  The system is being abused by many and the offspring of the well heeled are claiming what they don't deserve and are not entitled to. 

 

Those who work within the ystem have much anecdotal knowledge of abuse of this allowance.

Accountants of the self employed collude in allowing this to happen

Early Years Funding – remove the cap Nursery School top-up charges

Government regulations restrict the ability of Nursery Schools to charge fees to top up the 15 hours 'free' entitlement that they have to provide to parents. This is not only massively bureaucratic but severely restricts Nursery Schools (and parents) who want a higher quality early years education.

Why is this idea important?

Government regulations restrict the ability of Nursery Schools to charge fees to top up the 15 hours 'free' entitlement that they have to provide to parents. This is not only massively bureaucratic but severely restricts Nursery Schools (and parents) who want a higher quality early years education.

Reduce the Cost of School Sixth Forms

Secondary schools are currently being allowed to set up their own sixth form in a location where adequate provision already exists and there is no further demand.  Many school sixth forms are very small and cannot offer wide choice of curricula for students.

 

Some large provision that already exists is in the form of and stand-alone sixth form college or/and a sixth form allied to an FE college.  Where this exists, they should be be encoraged/allowed to merge for more efficiencies and even greater flexibility of offer to students.

Why is this idea important?

Secondary schools are currently being allowed to set up their own sixth form in a location where adequate provision already exists and there is no further demand.  Many school sixth forms are very small and cannot offer wide choice of curricula for students.

 

Some large provision that already exists is in the form of and stand-alone sixth form college or/and a sixth form allied to an FE college.  Where this exists, they should be be encoraged/allowed to merge for more efficiencies and even greater flexibility of offer to students.

Do away requirement for all schools to complete FMSiS (Financial Management Standard in Schools)

Remove requirement for all schools to complete this every 3 years.

 

it is a beurocratic nightmare costs about £800 to have assessed and serves no purpose!

Why is this idea important?

Remove requirement for all schools to complete this every 3 years.

 

it is a beurocratic nightmare costs about £800 to have assessed and serves no purpose!

Abolish Ofsted and remove Education Bureaucracy.

We need to restore professional freedom to the teachers. The only targets in Education should be those of the students. Teachers should teach. Assessment and testing should be greatly simplified, particularly in Primary Education, and teachers should be free to teach in their own way. The National Curriculum should cover only the essentials of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic which do need to be approached in a standard way to ensure that children moving between schools will not suffer confusion of methods. There has been a revolution in the Education system but it should stop now to free the teachers to do the job of teaching.      

Why is this idea important?

We need to restore professional freedom to the teachers. The only targets in Education should be those of the students. Teachers should teach. Assessment and testing should be greatly simplified, particularly in Primary Education, and teachers should be free to teach in their own way. The National Curriculum should cover only the essentials of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic which do need to be approached in a standard way to ensure that children moving between schools will not suffer confusion of methods. There has been a revolution in the Education system but it should stop now to free the teachers to do the job of teaching.      

Commit to expert vocational training for non-academic students

Vocational education should be unified in a single system endorsed by industry. There are now thousands of validating bodies of varying quality, and no way for students and employers to know which qualifications are valuable (apart from bias and rumour). 

We should have specialist technical institutes for relevant industries in priority sectors, led & taught by people who excel in their fields. We ought to go back to polytechnics and conservatories. 

Why is this idea important?

Vocational education should be unified in a single system endorsed by industry. There are now thousands of validating bodies of varying quality, and no way for students and employers to know which qualifications are valuable (apart from bias and rumour). 

We should have specialist technical institutes for relevant industries in priority sectors, led & taught by people who excel in their fields. We ought to go back to polytechnics and conservatories.