Scrap the 14-19 Diploma

The 14-19 Diploma has been a complete waste of money and time which has seen educational establishments introducing courses for the sake of it. These courses have not offered anything new to the vocational courses that have already been available to students and well you have to question the actual skills and level of the knowledge that is being tested. If these are skills for the future, then I would doubt many employers would be keen to employ someone with a diploma over other vocational qualifications.

Why is this idea important?

The 14-19 Diploma has been a complete waste of money and time which has seen educational establishments introducing courses for the sake of it. These courses have not offered anything new to the vocational courses that have already been available to students and well you have to question the actual skills and level of the knowledge that is being tested. If these are skills for the future, then I would doubt many employers would be keen to employ someone with a diploma over other vocational qualifications.

A modern secular state

Religion does not need the special status it currently enjoys within the British state. Quite rightly, we have laws that ban discrimination on the basis of religion or faith. That is sufficient. We have already abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales, which were long recognised as an anachronism. We should now go further and end the formal establishment of the Anglican Church as the state religion of Britain.

No one should occupy a place in Britain’s legislature on the basis of religious office. There is no objection to holders of religious office being members of either house of Parliament or any other part of government, but they should only win such status through the same democratic processes as everyone else.

We must also repeal or rewrite the laws that require schools to impose a daily act of collective worship upon pupils and we must remove the special privilege given to Christianity within religious education (I understand this to be in the Education Act 1944 as amended by the Education Reform Act 1988 and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998). The removal of anachronistic religious requirements in our education system is a matter of prudent use of funding as well as basic freedoms.
 

Why is this idea important?

Religion does not need the special status it currently enjoys within the British state. Quite rightly, we have laws that ban discrimination on the basis of religion or faith. That is sufficient. We have already abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales, which were long recognised as an anachronism. We should now go further and end the formal establishment of the Anglican Church as the state religion of Britain.

No one should occupy a place in Britain’s legislature on the basis of religious office. There is no objection to holders of religious office being members of either house of Parliament or any other part of government, but they should only win such status through the same democratic processes as everyone else.

We must also repeal or rewrite the laws that require schools to impose a daily act of collective worship upon pupils and we must remove the special privilege given to Christianity within religious education (I understand this to be in the Education Act 1944 as amended by the Education Reform Act 1988 and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998). The removal of anachronistic religious requirements in our education system is a matter of prudent use of funding as well as basic freedoms.
 

Head Teachers Liable for Prosecution

Repeal the law whereby head teachers are liable for prosecution if they allow pupils to eat biscuits or sweet cakes on school premises between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the law whereby head teachers are liable for prosecution if they allow pupils to eat biscuits or sweet cakes on school premises between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Head Teachers Liable for Prosecution

Repeal the law whereby head teachers are liable for prosecution if they allow pupils to eat biscuits or sweet cakes on school premises between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the law whereby head teachers are liable for prosecution if they allow pupils to eat biscuits or sweet cakes on school premises between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Repeal the Education and Skills Act 2008

As a result of the Education and Skills Act 2008, from 2015 onwards the leaving age for compulsory education will be 18, not 16. My idea is to turn the clock back on this legislation put through by the previous government to boost education statistics (but not necessarily standards). I would have the compulsory leaving age put back to 16.

Why is this idea important?

As a result of the Education and Skills Act 2008, from 2015 onwards the leaving age for compulsory education will be 18, not 16. My idea is to turn the clock back on this legislation put through by the previous government to boost education statistics (but not necessarily standards). I would have the compulsory leaving age put back to 16.

Remove religion as a criterion for selection to State Schools

Schools that accept funding from the state in any form should not be allowed to selected pupils based on their religion. It is a gross attack on liberty for a school to consider whether or not a child is christened or not to be relevnat to their selection to a particular school.

Why is this idea important?

Schools that accept funding from the state in any form should not be allowed to selected pupils based on their religion. It is a gross attack on liberty for a school to consider whether or not a child is christened or not to be relevnat to their selection to a particular school.

Scrap religious education advisory councils etc

Scrap the laws requiring local authorities to have Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education and Agreed Syllabus Conferences (again for RE), and scrap also the law requiring religious education for all pupils (put RE in the national curriculum instead).

And of course scrap the law requiring daily acts of religious worship in all schools – but there is already a separate suggestion for that – http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws/scrap-law-that-says-school-must-hold-collective-worship.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap the laws requiring local authorities to have Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education and Agreed Syllabus Conferences (again for RE), and scrap also the law requiring religious education for all pupils (put RE in the national curriculum instead).

And of course scrap the law requiring daily acts of religious worship in all schools – but there is already a separate suggestion for that – http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws/scrap-law-that-says-school-must-hold-collective-worship.

Abolish SATs tests at primary schools

To end the process of nationally assessing all children in England at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 and to scrap all official school league tables for primary schools based on these or similar statistics

Why is this idea important?

To end the process of nationally assessing all children in England at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 and to scrap all official school league tables for primary schools based on these or similar statistics

Scrap law that says schools must hold collective worship

all schools must hold a collective worship daily, such as in assemblies. usually this is chritian, surely assemblies about moral issues would be more appropriate and inclusive.

Why is this idea important?

all schools must hold a collective worship daily, such as in assemblies. usually this is chritian, surely assemblies about moral issues would be more appropriate and inclusive.

LEA – Health and Safety

I have recently had my story published in the local and national newspapers regarding my children's primary school banning the use and of suncream in school. The reason for the ban was primarily down to the guidelines issues by the Health and Safety Dept within the local LEA.

After living in Australia for the past 10 years and raising my children to be responsible to be aware of the harm that the sun can cause without adequate protection, I was disgusted to find that an education dept, one that is supposed to teach our children in all aspects of life, was putting mine and other children at risk with this non-sensical policy.

Why is this idea important?

I have recently had my story published in the local and national newspapers regarding my children's primary school banning the use and of suncream in school. The reason for the ban was primarily down to the guidelines issues by the Health and Safety Dept within the local LEA.

After living in Australia for the past 10 years and raising my children to be responsible to be aware of the harm that the sun can cause without adequate protection, I was disgusted to find that an education dept, one that is supposed to teach our children in all aspects of life, was putting mine and other children at risk with this non-sensical policy.

Let EYPs teach in nursery and reception classes

I am a qualified and experienced Early Years Professional (EYP) having worked 5 years as a Senior Early Years Practitioner in a Children’s Centre and 2 years as a curriculum leader/EYP in a college nursery; and in every early years setting throughout the country (whether it be a nursery, children’s centre or school) staff have to be trained in and follow the statutory curriculum – the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Despite this fact I have looked at applying for many EYFS Managers posts and EYFS teaching posts, and have been told that EYPS will not be accepted as a comparable status to QTS, even though in every case I covered all essential and desirable criteria bar QTS. 

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is academically equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as every candidate must have at least a 2:1 degree and GCSE grades A-C in Maths English and Science to even be accepted onto the course; so why can’t EYP’s teach in primary schools up to Reception aged children. After all EYP’s are trained specifically in the EYFS and QT’s are trained in the National Curriculum – which doesn’t start till after Reception in year one! Not only that,  EYP’s are also trained in the emotional well being of the younger children, and their developmental needs. If we have to institutionalise our children at such a young age, then surely they deserve the better qualified staff to support their development. This is not an attack on teachers, it is an attack on the system, as I am well aware we have some fantastic early years teachers.

So I feel I speak on behalf of every EYP, let us teach in infant/primary schools, and stop the ridiculous red tape and snobbery behind early years teaching, and look at what is best for our children!

Why is this idea important?

I am a qualified and experienced Early Years Professional (EYP) having worked 5 years as a Senior Early Years Practitioner in a Children’s Centre and 2 years as a curriculum leader/EYP in a college nursery; and in every early years setting throughout the country (whether it be a nursery, children’s centre or school) staff have to be trained in and follow the statutory curriculum – the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Despite this fact I have looked at applying for many EYFS Managers posts and EYFS teaching posts, and have been told that EYPS will not be accepted as a comparable status to QTS, even though in every case I covered all essential and desirable criteria bar QTS. 

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is academically equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as every candidate must have at least a 2:1 degree and GCSE grades A-C in Maths English and Science to even be accepted onto the course; so why can’t EYP’s teach in primary schools up to Reception aged children. After all EYP’s are trained specifically in the EYFS and QT’s are trained in the National Curriculum – which doesn’t start till after Reception in year one! Not only that,  EYP’s are also trained in the emotional well being of the younger children, and their developmental needs. If we have to institutionalise our children at such a young age, then surely they deserve the better qualified staff to support their development. This is not an attack on teachers, it is an attack on the system, as I am well aware we have some fantastic early years teachers.

So I feel I speak on behalf of every EYP, let us teach in infant/primary schools, and stop the ridiculous red tape and snobbery behind early years teaching, and look at what is best for our children!

STOP Quangos like the GTC from bypassing the justice system

The GTC was just one of the discredited quangos set up by the last government .  It worked to silence teachers about what was really going on in  inner city schools. The schools which were controlled by party men usually men who also controlled the LEA and selected like minded headteachers.  The stage was then set for control and secracy of what was actually happening these schools.   Witnesses to the gang culture which grew up in these schools were silenced.  When they reported matters to the police they were told it was unprofessional to do that,  first by the headteacher supported by the LEA and finally by the GTC. The teacher had nowhere to turn.  

The drug dealing and vilolence has since escalated. The people who saw the destruction of education in these schools and spoke up were systematically got rid of.  Needless to say the GTC is not respected by teachers who simply wanted to teach the curriculum and give the children in their care a chance to learn. Do not take any notice of the fraudulent results in schools in such chaos,  we also know what was going on there too!!

Why is this idea important?

The GTC was just one of the discredited quangos set up by the last government .  It worked to silence teachers about what was really going on in  inner city schools. The schools which were controlled by party men usually men who also controlled the LEA and selected like minded headteachers.  The stage was then set for control and secracy of what was actually happening these schools.   Witnesses to the gang culture which grew up in these schools were silenced.  When they reported matters to the police they were told it was unprofessional to do that,  first by the headteacher supported by the LEA and finally by the GTC. The teacher had nowhere to turn.  

The drug dealing and vilolence has since escalated. The people who saw the destruction of education in these schools and spoke up were systematically got rid of.  Needless to say the GTC is not respected by teachers who simply wanted to teach the curriculum and give the children in their care a chance to learn. Do not take any notice of the fraudulent results in schools in such chaos,  we also know what was going on there too!!

FE Colleges – funding dependent on ‘success’

Qualifications are being gifted to students as college funding is dependent on hitting national targets for 'success'. 

This has lead to a situation where no one who starts a course can fail it – the worst behaved/non-attenders/plain lazy are being awarded certificates and diplomas having achieved nothing.

Many students are aware they cannot be marked as failures and are not even attempting to do any work. Meanwhile, colleges all over the country proudly announce, '100% success rate' on their websites….

Lecturers must be allowed to use their professional judgement as to who is and who is not  performing satisfactorily. This will inevitably lead to some students failing but it will restore discipline and credibility to the system.

Why is this idea important?

Qualifications are being gifted to students as college funding is dependent on hitting national targets for 'success'. 

This has lead to a situation where no one who starts a course can fail it – the worst behaved/non-attenders/plain lazy are being awarded certificates and diplomas having achieved nothing.

Many students are aware they cannot be marked as failures and are not even attempting to do any work. Meanwhile, colleges all over the country proudly announce, '100% success rate' on their websites….

Lecturers must be allowed to use their professional judgement as to who is and who is not  performing satisfactorily. This will inevitably lead to some students failing but it will restore discipline and credibility to the system.

Return of Corporal Punishment

The press is full of reports from ministers and MP's that prisons are overcrowded and we must come up with an idea to reduce numbers in jail.   I would strongly suggest that we return to the old idea of a method of corporal punishment for some offences particularly involving young persons who routinely appear before the courts on similar offences.

Why is this idea important?

The press is full of reports from ministers and MP's that prisons are overcrowded and we must come up with an idea to reduce numbers in jail.   I would strongly suggest that we return to the old idea of a method of corporal punishment for some offences particularly involving young persons who routinely appear before the courts on similar offences.

Replace Dangerous Dog Act With Dog Ownership Test

Replace the flawed and outdated 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act with a national, compulsory dog ownership scheme, designed to raise standards of dog ownership and animal welfare, reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of dog attack and to rid the tax payer of the heavy burden of having to pay for irresponsible dog ownership.

Why is this idea important?

Replace the flawed and outdated 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act with a national, compulsory dog ownership scheme, designed to raise standards of dog ownership and animal welfare, reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of dog attack and to rid the tax payer of the heavy burden of having to pay for irresponsible dog ownership.

Education Quangos

I would abolish the General Teaching Council and the Institute for Learning (IfL) both of which  which present themsleves as organsations that are there to help and support teacher prefessionalism but in actual fact simply add to the individual teacher's workload and, in the case of the IfL, seem to exist solely to monitor teachers activities. There are, in short, unneccessary and are a prime example of bloated government and waste in the public sector.

There are many other education Quangos which could be dismantled saving money and reducing unnecessary administration for all those who work in schools, colleges, universities and training poroviders and I'm glad to see that some of these are already being looked at.

Moreover, the practice of bringing in consultants and ring fencing school budgets which, in effect, cause schools and LEAs to waste millions each year employing these largely pointless educational consultants should cease. In this time of austerity we need to target as much money to the front line – teachers and teaching – and forget about forcing schools and colleges to waste money on things they don't need

Why is this idea important?

I would abolish the General Teaching Council and the Institute for Learning (IfL) both of which  which present themsleves as organsations that are there to help and support teacher prefessionalism but in actual fact simply add to the individual teacher's workload and, in the case of the IfL, seem to exist solely to monitor teachers activities. There are, in short, unneccessary and are a prime example of bloated government and waste in the public sector.

There are many other education Quangos which could be dismantled saving money and reducing unnecessary administration for all those who work in schools, colleges, universities and training poroviders and I'm glad to see that some of these are already being looked at.

Moreover, the practice of bringing in consultants and ring fencing school budgets which, in effect, cause schools and LEAs to waste millions each year employing these largely pointless educational consultants should cease. In this time of austerity we need to target as much money to the front line – teachers and teaching – and forget about forcing schools and colleges to waste money on things they don't need