Child benefit

Child benefit should only be given for the first 2 or 3 children. Any more and the parents need to support their children without any state benefit for the ones that follow. The money thus saved should be used to provide free school meals for all children, irrespective of their financial background or family's resident status in the UK.

Why is this idea important?

Child benefit should only be given for the first 2 or 3 children. Any more and the parents need to support their children without any state benefit for the ones that follow. The money thus saved should be used to provide free school meals for all children, irrespective of their financial background or family's resident status in the UK.

Education should not be compulsory – at any age

Education should not be compulsory – at any age.

The fact that it is complusory until the age of majority speaks volumes about how unsuitable and unpalatable it is.

Why is this idea important?

Education should not be compulsory – at any age.

The fact that it is complusory until the age of majority speaks volumes about how unsuitable and unpalatable it is.

Weak teachers

Before deciding upon whether a teacher is outstanding or simply satisfactory, look at the whole picture.  For example:

  • Do they have a particularly challenging class? 
  • How many children with SEN are in the class?
  • How much support are they receiving from Teaching Assistants?
  • How accurate are the grades awarded?

If the government wants to remove poor teachers, they cannot look at grades alone.

Why is this idea important?

Before deciding upon whether a teacher is outstanding or simply satisfactory, look at the whole picture.  For example:

  • Do they have a particularly challenging class? 
  • How many children with SEN are in the class?
  • How much support are they receiving from Teaching Assistants?
  • How accurate are the grades awarded?

If the government wants to remove poor teachers, they cannot look at grades alone.

Less School – more apprenticeships, more e-learning/digital classrooms

Take the ideas of Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society" and John Gatto's "Dumbing Us Down" and put them in to practice.

In brief: move to a learning web interest led form of education (e-learning) while allowing young adults to become a part of society with experienced and skilled real-world guidance. Stop aspiring to a technocratic meritocracy and aspire to learning something useful. That's to say achievement should be personal rather than always being measured against your peers.

Why is this idea important?

Take the ideas of Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society" and John Gatto's "Dumbing Us Down" and put them in to practice.

In brief: move to a learning web interest led form of education (e-learning) while allowing young adults to become a part of society with experienced and skilled real-world guidance. Stop aspiring to a technocratic meritocracy and aspire to learning something useful. That's to say achievement should be personal rather than always being measured against your peers.

Scrap GTC compulsory membership

The GTC does not represent anyone and least of all the teachers.

Let us have a professional body run by the profession not by civil servants who think it appropraite ot suggest that teachers can lose their job for ANY offence simply because it reflects poorly on the profession.  You'll have no teachers left if drink does become zero tolerated and no other profession would stand for this. 

The GTC does not protect teachers or children.

Why is this idea important?

The GTC does not represent anyone and least of all the teachers.

Let us have a professional body run by the profession not by civil servants who think it appropraite ot suggest that teachers can lose their job for ANY offence simply because it reflects poorly on the profession.  You'll have no teachers left if drink does become zero tolerated and no other profession would stand for this. 

The GTC does not protect teachers or children.

Freedom to protect pupils from danger on school trips

 

As a teacher I was free to give up my spare time to take my 11 year old pupils away on residential trips to try canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling.  However, I was not free to protect them from danger.

A teacher must be free to exclude a violent pupil from a trip if they believe that his/her presence will prejudice the safety of the other children.  At present a head teacher can insist a pupil “stays on the list” for a residential school trip even though it is impossible to give that pupil the support his Statement demands.  My head teacher did just that.

A teacher must be free to share information with other professionals in order to ensure the safety of their pupils.  I told the instructors at the outdoor education centre I was taking my pupils to that this violent boy had a Statement which gave him full time support in school.  My local authority found me guilty of professional misconduct at a disciplinary hearing for doing this.  You see my head, Hackney Social Services and the child's foster carers wanted this fact kept secret so that the centre would take the child at night without his support thus enabling his foster parents to have a holiday without him.  Unfortunately it would also have enabled this pupil to carry out an Edlington type of assault.  The Department of Education has said that Kent County Council’s action was correct, “reasonable” in civil service parlance, even if I was right about the risk to my pupils.

Why is this idea important?

 

As a teacher I was free to give up my spare time to take my 11 year old pupils away on residential trips to try canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling.  However, I was not free to protect them from danger.

A teacher must be free to exclude a violent pupil from a trip if they believe that his/her presence will prejudice the safety of the other children.  At present a head teacher can insist a pupil “stays on the list” for a residential school trip even though it is impossible to give that pupil the support his Statement demands.  My head teacher did just that.

A teacher must be free to share information with other professionals in order to ensure the safety of their pupils.  I told the instructors at the outdoor education centre I was taking my pupils to that this violent boy had a Statement which gave him full time support in school.  My local authority found me guilty of professional misconduct at a disciplinary hearing for doing this.  You see my head, Hackney Social Services and the child's foster carers wanted this fact kept secret so that the centre would take the child at night without his support thus enabling his foster parents to have a holiday without him.  Unfortunately it would also have enabled this pupil to carry out an Edlington type of assault.  The Department of Education has said that Kent County Council’s action was correct, “reasonable” in civil service parlance, even if I was right about the risk to my pupils.

Protect school playing fields

School playing fields are essential for school children and the wider local community, which has paid for them through its taxes: they affect their rights to a full education and to the peaceful enjoyment of their family life.  But controls over the disposal of playing fields as development land are not working.

The Government should amend the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 to ensure that all consents granted so far for the disposal of school playing fields, and all future consents, should lapse five years after they have been granted, as is the case with planning permission; and should strengthen the presumptions (i) that open-air playing fields should be retained unless there is genuinely no further need for them, and (ii) that the full proceeds of any disposals that are so justified should be returned to public funds at local or national government level. 

It should declare as its policy that the expansion of the academies programme to which it is committed will not in any way prejudice the need to retain playing fields in the public interest, or the way in which the necessary controls over disposals of playing fields are exercised. 

Why is this idea important?

School playing fields are essential for school children and the wider local community, which has paid for them through its taxes: they affect their rights to a full education and to the peaceful enjoyment of their family life.  But controls over the disposal of playing fields as development land are not working.

The Government should amend the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 to ensure that all consents granted so far for the disposal of school playing fields, and all future consents, should lapse five years after they have been granted, as is the case with planning permission; and should strengthen the presumptions (i) that open-air playing fields should be retained unless there is genuinely no further need for them, and (ii) that the full proceeds of any disposals that are so justified should be returned to public funds at local or national government level. 

It should declare as its policy that the expansion of the academies programme to which it is committed will not in any way prejudice the need to retain playing fields in the public interest, or the way in which the necessary controls over disposals of playing fields are exercised. 

Repeal Ofset monopoly

Ofsted currently has a monopoly in assessing quality in schools.  Why not let schools have a choice about who assesses them?  The existing monopoly is one cause of the poor quality of assessments.  The lack of fairness and common sense from Ofsted exasperates many teachers.  Private sector businesses can decide if they want to be inspected by (for example) BSI or Lloyds Register.  The UK Accreditation Service ensures that BSI and Lloyds Register conform with international best practice.  Let's scrap Ofsted's monopoly and let in competition and common sense.  Each school would have a small budget which it must spend with one of the inspection agencies, but they would be able to select the one which they think is best. 

Why is this idea important?

Ofsted currently has a monopoly in assessing quality in schools.  Why not let schools have a choice about who assesses them?  The existing monopoly is one cause of the poor quality of assessments.  The lack of fairness and common sense from Ofsted exasperates many teachers.  Private sector businesses can decide if they want to be inspected by (for example) BSI or Lloyds Register.  The UK Accreditation Service ensures that BSI and Lloyds Register conform with international best practice.  Let's scrap Ofsted's monopoly and let in competition and common sense.  Each school would have a small budget which it must spend with one of the inspection agencies, but they would be able to select the one which they think is best. 

Living in a secular society

As a humanist, living in a broadly secular society in England today, I believe that collective worship in schools is inappropriate and should be replaced by educational assemblies where everyone can learn something about other people's beliefs, or otherwise, and different cultures to make us a more tolerant and understanding society.

Why is this idea important?

As a humanist, living in a broadly secular society in England today, I believe that collective worship in schools is inappropriate and should be replaced by educational assemblies where everyone can learn something about other people's beliefs, or otherwise, and different cultures to make us a more tolerant and understanding society.

European Working Time Directive (EWTD)

The introduction of the EWTD for UK doctors has been a costly disaster for patient safety and trainee education.

  1. The regulations were designed for Spanish lorry-drivers and are very inflexible.
  2. Although very long hours (>80/week) are associated with patient harms there is no evidence that reducing hours below, say, 56 hours per week are associated with improved outcomes.
  3. Cross-cover arrangements introduced on the back of EWTD mean that the doctor has very little knowledge of the patients he is looking after, a recipe for error.
  4. There is insufficient time for adequate patient handover, particularly during busy winter months.
  5. The direct exposure of trainee doctors to learning opportunities is greatly reduced as the same learning opportunities are divided between more doctors.
  6. Knowledge of trainees by supervising senior doctors is greatly reduced because of shiftwork patterns and the loss of the clinical team.
  7. Shiftwork patterns are known to be associated with increased rates of depression. Anyone with experience of jet-lag knows that it takes several days to recover afterwards.
  8. This lack of experience, expertise and knowledge of the patient by junior doctors means that more senior grades are becoming over-committed for routine activity.
  9. Most shifts have gaps, which are covered by locums of variable quality (c.f. Dr Ubani).
  10. The drop in income of junior doctors means that many are 'moonlighting' in neighbouring trusts as locums. This means that their hours are much the same as before, but they have to travel to and work in a strange unit. Both increase patient risk.
  11. The cost of locums has shot up. An average middle grade locum pre-EWTD cost around £40 per hour. Now it is £70 with a sign on fee of up to £20,000 for any medium-term locum. This is costing the health service a fortune.
  12. The change in designation of on call to mean that anyone resident (even if asleep) is paid as if working is very costly and not good value-for-money.
  13. The number of doctors in the NHS has trebled since 1979. On retirement from the NHS doctors in those days survived an average 18 months, so pensions could be generous. Now, with reduced hours and increased longevity, I would predict survivals of an average of 15 years. The pension bill will therefore increase by 30 fold (compound).

Why is this idea important?

The introduction of the EWTD for UK doctors has been a costly disaster for patient safety and trainee education.

  1. The regulations were designed for Spanish lorry-drivers and are very inflexible.
  2. Although very long hours (>80/week) are associated with patient harms there is no evidence that reducing hours below, say, 56 hours per week are associated with improved outcomes.
  3. Cross-cover arrangements introduced on the back of EWTD mean that the doctor has very little knowledge of the patients he is looking after, a recipe for error.
  4. There is insufficient time for adequate patient handover, particularly during busy winter months.
  5. The direct exposure of trainee doctors to learning opportunities is greatly reduced as the same learning opportunities are divided between more doctors.
  6. Knowledge of trainees by supervising senior doctors is greatly reduced because of shiftwork patterns and the loss of the clinical team.
  7. Shiftwork patterns are known to be associated with increased rates of depression. Anyone with experience of jet-lag knows that it takes several days to recover afterwards.
  8. This lack of experience, expertise and knowledge of the patient by junior doctors means that more senior grades are becoming over-committed for routine activity.
  9. Most shifts have gaps, which are covered by locums of variable quality (c.f. Dr Ubani).
  10. The drop in income of junior doctors means that many are 'moonlighting' in neighbouring trusts as locums. This means that their hours are much the same as before, but they have to travel to and work in a strange unit. Both increase patient risk.
  11. The cost of locums has shot up. An average middle grade locum pre-EWTD cost around £40 per hour. Now it is £70 with a sign on fee of up to £20,000 for any medium-term locum. This is costing the health service a fortune.
  12. The change in designation of on call to mean that anyone resident (even if asleep) is paid as if working is very costly and not good value-for-money.
  13. The number of doctors in the NHS has trebled since 1979. On retirement from the NHS doctors in those days survived an average 18 months, so pensions could be generous. Now, with reduced hours and increased longevity, I would predict survivals of an average of 15 years. The pension bill will therefore increase by 30 fold (compound).

Correct the Imbalance of the Equality Bill

There is a need to clarify the meaning of the Equality Bill and publish it in plain English.

The Equality Act, like many others, was a good idea at first. However, it has now been used as a weapon by so many that it no longer maintains any balance and has lost a great deal of its original credibilty. For instance, it is fair to suggest equal opportunity in the job market and in the workplace, provided equal qualifications are available. To insist that eleven per cent of public appointments are to be filled from ethnic minorities is nonsensical unless one also insists that the eleven per cent have the same qualifications and experience as the other eighy-nine per cent.

In addition, the Equality Act is all too often confused with the Human Rights Act. Equal opportunity must not be confused with equal rights; they are two totally separate concepts. To state that an individual has the same opportunity as any other does not necessarily mean that the individual has the same rights as any other.

Why is this idea important?

There is a need to clarify the meaning of the Equality Bill and publish it in plain English.

The Equality Act, like many others, was a good idea at first. However, it has now been used as a weapon by so many that it no longer maintains any balance and has lost a great deal of its original credibilty. For instance, it is fair to suggest equal opportunity in the job market and in the workplace, provided equal qualifications are available. To insist that eleven per cent of public appointments are to be filled from ethnic minorities is nonsensical unless one also insists that the eleven per cent have the same qualifications and experience as the other eighy-nine per cent.

In addition, the Equality Act is all too often confused with the Human Rights Act. Equal opportunity must not be confused with equal rights; they are two totally separate concepts. To state that an individual has the same opportunity as any other does not necessarily mean that the individual has the same rights as any other.

Cut EMA

Cut EMA which can pay sixth form students up to £30 a week. This money is not fairly distributed as it only takes into account one parent if in a divorced family, and loads of people spend it on going out drinking. It is totally unfair on those students whose parents work but cannot afford to give £30 a week. 

Why is this idea important?

Cut EMA which can pay sixth form students up to £30 a week. This money is not fairly distributed as it only takes into account one parent if in a divorced family, and loads of people spend it on going out drinking. It is totally unfair on those students whose parents work but cannot afford to give £30 a week. 

Educational quangos; repeal regulation and close IFL

The Institute for Learning is an intrusive and ineffective body. The idear that standards in further educatuion should be raised is fine but this body is failing to achieve anything. By removing the regulation that all teachers in further education must be registered the body will wither and die. No one, heads students and the vast majoority of teachers have a good word to say for the organisation. They themselves publish achievments the best of which has been that teaches feel their self esteem has been raised. Stop this nonsence and remove the restrictive legislation.

Why is this idea important?

The Institute for Learning is an intrusive and ineffective body. The idear that standards in further educatuion should be raised is fine but this body is failing to achieve anything. By removing the regulation that all teachers in further education must be registered the body will wither and die. No one, heads students and the vast majoority of teachers have a good word to say for the organisation. They themselves publish achievments the best of which has been that teaches feel their self esteem has been raised. Stop this nonsence and remove the restrictive legislation.

Keep Christanity in the UK

We for hundrends of years have been a Christian country, our roots are built up this way. Why is it that we are now looking to cut out a chunk of our history from our schools and no longer teach Christianity in our schools?  I find it very worrying thatmy children this year celebrated ramadan at school, they celebrated Diwali, they learned about muslim customs and other religions but by passed Easter, Christmas ws all about Santa Claus and no other Christian celebration were mentioned and we wonder why our children are losing the plot and struggling to know right form wrong.  We better watch out because as Christianity decreases other faiths (not mentioning which) increase and are taking over our schools, shops, towns etc. Before we know it our kids will be hiding behind idols and flowing gowns!

Britain IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY! it defines us, other religions in their defence at least continue their faith through all generations where as now what does Britian believe in? A little bit of this and a little bit of that or nothing, God help us all then. I choose to believe in salvation through Christ Jesus, our laws are built upon the bible and we were to swear oaths on it but yet many kids dont even know what the bible is!

The government used to hold high Christian values, Stand up for the name of God Almighty! At the very least Christians have a right too and more of a right in this country to exercise their faith and opinions than other religions but yet we are seen as being crazy while Muslims are cool!!!!! scary! Im not picking on Muslims only using them as an example, I have many Muslim friends who I love.

My kids have the right to be taught Christianity, it is their hostory, their roots and indeed the beginning of mankind and the creation of our universe, perhaps many dont believe that but dont we live in a world of free choice and our kids should be give the opportunity to make that choice knowing al the facts about our Christian faith. I gurantee lower crime rates, lower divorce rates, lower abuse rates, better morality, better relationships, a country that can stand up for what it believes in instead of falling for nothing

Why is this idea important?

We for hundrends of years have been a Christian country, our roots are built up this way. Why is it that we are now looking to cut out a chunk of our history from our schools and no longer teach Christianity in our schools?  I find it very worrying thatmy children this year celebrated ramadan at school, they celebrated Diwali, they learned about muslim customs and other religions but by passed Easter, Christmas ws all about Santa Claus and no other Christian celebration were mentioned and we wonder why our children are losing the plot and struggling to know right form wrong.  We better watch out because as Christianity decreases other faiths (not mentioning which) increase and are taking over our schools, shops, towns etc. Before we know it our kids will be hiding behind idols and flowing gowns!

Britain IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY! it defines us, other religions in their defence at least continue their faith through all generations where as now what does Britian believe in? A little bit of this and a little bit of that or nothing, God help us all then. I choose to believe in salvation through Christ Jesus, our laws are built upon the bible and we were to swear oaths on it but yet many kids dont even know what the bible is!

The government used to hold high Christian values, Stand up for the name of God Almighty! At the very least Christians have a right too and more of a right in this country to exercise their faith and opinions than other religions but yet we are seen as being crazy while Muslims are cool!!!!! scary! Im not picking on Muslims only using them as an example, I have many Muslim friends who I love.

My kids have the right to be taught Christianity, it is their hostory, their roots and indeed the beginning of mankind and the creation of our universe, perhaps many dont believe that but dont we live in a world of free choice and our kids should be give the opportunity to make that choice knowing al the facts about our Christian faith. I gurantee lower crime rates, lower divorce rates, lower abuse rates, better morality, better relationships, a country that can stand up for what it believes in instead of falling for nothing

Total Reform Of The Welfare State

The way forward with thee welfare state is with both the carrot and stick approach. Having been a child brought up on welfare myself, my mother chose to go to university at 38 years old in order to get a career and although it was a struggle is now comfortably middle class.

This is also what I aspire to be. However today the financial gains you can achieve on welfare coupled with working on the side as window cleaners, part time drug dealers (I live in blackpool my socialist comrades, I see this everyday)and various other non traceable employments, it is absolutely pointless them going out to work on minimum wage as they are mostly uneducated and have trouble getting a better paid job (as they spent most of their time smoking and procreating behind the bike sheds – school’s for losers you see).

Im not trying to tar all council estates here but coming from one myself the major problem is the Parents. Without decent parents these young children do not have any aspirations or desire to succeed. Being ‘ard is far more important. I was in both camps and my best mate who was the roughest of the lot in the school was one of the fortunate few who had that desire to get out of the council estates. The cycle will forever continue.

To summarise and thank you for still reading this, financial recompense for being unemployed needs to be removed. Vouchers for food and free off peak bus passes issued. Free second hand prams issued instead of the obsurd £400 grant which is duly spent on a nice flat screen tv and or some nice class A drugs. Housing benefit for teenagers who are pregnant needs to be scrapped. The Teenagers should be forced to live with parents until 21.

We need renewable energy, hows about anyone unemployed has to work for their money 38 hours a week building/fitting renewable energy sources. Our national grid would be rebuilt cheaply and give these people valuable skills in a world which is working towards building an economy based on green technologies.

So are we targeting the poorest and the weakest? Dont forget these kids were the hardest in the school who’d mug me for my dinner money and mobile, they are not the weak members of society people seem to think and please, unless you have lived on a council estate and gone to the local comprehensive please do not give me your hippy do gooder my daddys a millionaire therfore I have the moral high gound approach.

The sooner we are all working and spending that money we work for, the sooner more jobs are created and we are all lifted out of poverty. The tax burden on the rest of us is dragging us all down and not lifting the gutter class up at all, its cementing their position there and those of their future children

Yours Sincerly,

Former Gutter class typre person turned good.

Why is this idea important?

The way forward with thee welfare state is with both the carrot and stick approach. Having been a child brought up on welfare myself, my mother chose to go to university at 38 years old in order to get a career and although it was a struggle is now comfortably middle class.

This is also what I aspire to be. However today the financial gains you can achieve on welfare coupled with working on the side as window cleaners, part time drug dealers (I live in blackpool my socialist comrades, I see this everyday)and various other non traceable employments, it is absolutely pointless them going out to work on minimum wage as they are mostly uneducated and have trouble getting a better paid job (as they spent most of their time smoking and procreating behind the bike sheds – school’s for losers you see).

Im not trying to tar all council estates here but coming from one myself the major problem is the Parents. Without decent parents these young children do not have any aspirations or desire to succeed. Being ‘ard is far more important. I was in both camps and my best mate who was the roughest of the lot in the school was one of the fortunate few who had that desire to get out of the council estates. The cycle will forever continue.

To summarise and thank you for still reading this, financial recompense for being unemployed needs to be removed. Vouchers for food and free off peak bus passes issued. Free second hand prams issued instead of the obsurd £400 grant which is duly spent on a nice flat screen tv and or some nice class A drugs. Housing benefit for teenagers who are pregnant needs to be scrapped. The Teenagers should be forced to live with parents until 21.

We need renewable energy, hows about anyone unemployed has to work for their money 38 hours a week building/fitting renewable energy sources. Our national grid would be rebuilt cheaply and give these people valuable skills in a world which is working towards building an economy based on green technologies.

So are we targeting the poorest and the weakest? Dont forget these kids were the hardest in the school who’d mug me for my dinner money and mobile, they are not the weak members of society people seem to think and please, unless you have lived on a council estate and gone to the local comprehensive please do not give me your hippy do gooder my daddys a millionaire therfore I have the moral high gound approach.

The sooner we are all working and spending that money we work for, the sooner more jobs are created and we are all lifted out of poverty. The tax burden on the rest of us is dragging us all down and not lifting the gutter class up at all, its cementing their position there and those of their future children

Yours Sincerly,

Former Gutter class typre person turned good.

Remove the charitable status of fee-paying schools and use the tax raised to invest in state education

Currently private or public schools can avoid paying tax by showing that education is a 'charitable activity'.  To do so, they must show how their work benefits the wider community.  In many cases, it is clear that this community commitment is either superficial or miniscule.

So, to make these institutions benefit the wider community in a more objective way, remove the tax relief, and ringfence taxation on school fees etc into the state schools budget, or schools building budget that has just been slashed.

Why is this idea important?

Currently private or public schools can avoid paying tax by showing that education is a 'charitable activity'.  To do so, they must show how their work benefits the wider community.  In many cases, it is clear that this community commitment is either superficial or miniscule.

So, to make these institutions benefit the wider community in a more objective way, remove the tax relief, and ringfence taxation on school fees etc into the state schools budget, or schools building budget that has just been slashed.

Noise at Work (Music teaching)

Get rid of the HSE regulations regarding noise at work applying to music teaching in schools and other environments. It is ludicrous to apply regulations clearly designed to apply to heavy industry to the teaching of something that is intrinsically bound up with the sound. A music teacher accepts that they will be 'exposed' to noise and will take responsibility themselves for keeping it to 'safe' levels. Putting this responsibility onto the employer is classic nanny-stateism. Noone that I know in the music education sector wants these regs. So let's abollish them

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of the HSE regulations regarding noise at work applying to music teaching in schools and other environments. It is ludicrous to apply regulations clearly designed to apply to heavy industry to the teaching of something that is intrinsically bound up with the sound. A music teacher accepts that they will be 'exposed' to noise and will take responsibility themselves for keeping it to 'safe' levels. Putting this responsibility onto the employer is classic nanny-stateism. Noone that I know in the music education sector wants these regs. So let's abollish them

Abolish the weekly £30 paid to encourage some kids to go to school

Abolish the £30 payment made to some over 16s on a weekly basis to encourage them to go to school or college.  This is a total waste of governent money.  All kids would happily accept a 'no questions asked' payment of £30 per week and it is not encouraging any spirit of enterprise whatsoever.  It simply serves as a financial bribe paid to those who would otherwise drop out of education altogether. 

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the £30 payment made to some over 16s on a weekly basis to encourage them to go to school or college.  This is a total waste of governent money.  All kids would happily accept a 'no questions asked' payment of £30 per week and it is not encouraging any spirit of enterprise whatsoever.  It simply serves as a financial bribe paid to those who would otherwise drop out of education altogether. 

Ensure schools employ qualified teachers to teach

Schools are using teaching assistants to teach rather than employ teachers to save costs. There are currently 100’s of Newly Qualified Teachers looking for positions but they cannot get employed; partly because of this practice. Using teaching assistants rather than a teacher means the pupil’s education and, possibly, their safety is compromised because people trained for a different role are performing the task.

Why is this idea important?

Schools are using teaching assistants to teach rather than employ teachers to save costs. There are currently 100’s of Newly Qualified Teachers looking for positions but they cannot get employed; partly because of this practice. Using teaching assistants rather than a teacher means the pupil’s education and, possibly, their safety is compromised because people trained for a different role are performing the task.

How about making sure the laws we already have are enforced?

Our son went to the Arnewood High School in New Milton  (we've now pulled him out) . They spent 2 and a half years of his time teaching him at a level he had surpassed years ago in year 4 at junior school. As fantastic as it sounds this school insisted on teaching him at a level they knew he had surpassed years ago by virtue of their own teacher assesments of him, and the level they themselves had awarded him. Never the less they refused to teach him at the level they had deemed appropriate for him and repeatedly refused to give us any reasons for this arbitrary and ludicrous behaviour. That's illegal under law. Kids must be taught by state schools at the level that is appropriate for their aptitude and abilities (international law too), and parents must be given explanations when they request them. In a nutshell in year 9 they where teaching him more or less at his year 4 curriculum level although he had surpassed this years ago and the school knew it, to boot they could not and will not explain themselves to us his parents. We complained to Hampshire Children's Services, despite the black and white evidence they refused to investigate and look into it but rather threatened us with prosecution for not allowing him to go to this school. Then we complained to the DCSF, they were also just as useless and "fobbed it of" just as carelessly  and also refused to investigate this serious injustice to a child. So we put it in the High Court. All sounds unbelievable doesn't it. Well it's all true and backed up by black and white evidence that no one yet is brave enough or honest enough to comment on, or properly investigate. It's all posted online at http://www.arnewoodschool.org.uk for the world to see. If you're really serious about cleaning up, start here. My sons education has been destroyed by a negligent school and all of the agencies that are there to supposedly protect him and enforce his civil rights to protect him against this kind of injustice have done absolutely nothing. Throwing a childs education away is not only abusive to our children, but also to the adults they will become. HOW ABOUT STARING HERE? LETS SEE OUR CURRENT LAWS BEING ENFORCED! THAT WILL BE A FLYING START. How about investigating this matter? Any one reading the website at http://www.arnewoodschool.org.uk, particulary parents will find it offensive if you do not.  It will certainly disprove the aspirations of this website if you take no action, not to mention Michael Gove MP's policies. I hope your stated intentions are real.                  

Why is this idea important?

Our son went to the Arnewood High School in New Milton  (we've now pulled him out) . They spent 2 and a half years of his time teaching him at a level he had surpassed years ago in year 4 at junior school. As fantastic as it sounds this school insisted on teaching him at a level they knew he had surpassed years ago by virtue of their own teacher assesments of him, and the level they themselves had awarded him. Never the less they refused to teach him at the level they had deemed appropriate for him and repeatedly refused to give us any reasons for this arbitrary and ludicrous behaviour. That's illegal under law. Kids must be taught by state schools at the level that is appropriate for their aptitude and abilities (international law too), and parents must be given explanations when they request them. In a nutshell in year 9 they where teaching him more or less at his year 4 curriculum level although he had surpassed this years ago and the school knew it, to boot they could not and will not explain themselves to us his parents. We complained to Hampshire Children's Services, despite the black and white evidence they refused to investigate and look into it but rather threatened us with prosecution for not allowing him to go to this school. Then we complained to the DCSF, they were also just as useless and "fobbed it of" just as carelessly  and also refused to investigate this serious injustice to a child. So we put it in the High Court. All sounds unbelievable doesn't it. Well it's all true and backed up by black and white evidence that no one yet is brave enough or honest enough to comment on, or properly investigate. It's all posted online at http://www.arnewoodschool.org.uk for the world to see. If you're really serious about cleaning up, start here. My sons education has been destroyed by a negligent school and all of the agencies that are there to supposedly protect him and enforce his civil rights to protect him against this kind of injustice have done absolutely nothing. Throwing a childs education away is not only abusive to our children, but also to the adults they will become. HOW ABOUT STARING HERE? LETS SEE OUR CURRENT LAWS BEING ENFORCED! THAT WILL BE A FLYING START. How about investigating this matter? Any one reading the website at http://www.arnewoodschool.org.uk, particulary parents will find it offensive if you do not.  It will certainly disprove the aspirations of this website if you take no action, not to mention Michael Gove MP's policies. I hope your stated intentions are real.                  

Loss of schools improvment funding

 




Now that a lot of funding for school improvements has been pulled, why not offer the major banks the opportunity to sponsor schools, with the option to supply financial education (similar to Nat West Adverts) to their sponsored schools, this would give the banks a chance to promote their bank and a chance for some much needed money to help with improvements in the schools.   As the banks have caused a lot of the problems, this is an opportunity to give something back, with financial education and school improvements

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Now that a lot of funding for school improvements has been pulled, why not offer the major banks the opportunity to sponsor schools, with the option to supply financial education (similar to Nat West Adverts) to their sponsored schools, this would give the banks a chance to promote their bank and a chance for some much needed money to help with improvements in the schools.   As the banks have caused a lot of the problems, this is an opportunity to give something back, with financial education and school improvements

Faith Schools – Government Finance Thereof

Faith schools should be fully financed by the religious institutions that sponsor them.  There should be no state subsidy thereof.

In addition the curriculum should be strictly controlled to limit the opportunity for extreme or scientifically unsound teaching.

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Faith schools should be fully financed by the religious institutions that sponsor them.  There should be no state subsidy thereof.

In addition the curriculum should be strictly controlled to limit the opportunity for extreme or scientifically unsound teaching.