Abolish HEFCE, pay university students directly.

There is no need for HEFCE or any government quality control of higher education. The league tables do it well enough and the free market can police the system. Give the top 5% of college grads from every college a scholarship (solves equal access problem) and the rest less depending on class ranking. Let the free market handle it form there. The result: Less government, More education innovation as universities compete for the best students, more equal access controlled by how the scholarships are handed out, more efficiency.

Why is this idea important?

There is no need for HEFCE or any government quality control of higher education. The league tables do it well enough and the free market can police the system. Give the top 5% of college grads from every college a scholarship (solves equal access problem) and the rest less depending on class ranking. Let the free market handle it form there. The result: Less government, More education innovation as universities compete for the best students, more equal access controlled by how the scholarships are handed out, more efficiency.

Remove all ewducation acts since 1976

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

Why is this idea important?

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

Scrap the ‘Institute for Learning’ Quango

This Quango is not needed.  It adds an unnecessary layer of regulation onto a sector that was doing well.  It prevents many people from teaching in the FE sector, for example those who simply taught a few classes a week.

Why is this idea important?

This Quango is not needed.  It adds an unnecessary layer of regulation onto a sector that was doing well.  It prevents many people from teaching in the FE sector, for example those who simply taught a few classes a week.