Abolition of the Institute for Learning (IFL)

The above organisation should be abolished for the following reasons:

1. The annual fee, although currently met by Government for those employed full time in the F.E. sector, is a waste of resources and would be better spent on front line delivery.

2. Should the Government at any time withdraw the indirect funding for IFL, then in effect qualified lecturers would be required to pay an "employment tax". This would not be equitable, nor would it enhance the Government's reputation with those working in the sector.

3.It achieves little or nothing that can be in anyway measured in terms of improving the outcomes for students. It appears largely to be more "political correctness" ( a New Labour legacy), rather than a constructive use of both time and resources. The opportunity cost has also not been figured in, i.e. time taken to complete a rather over complex and over subjective, inward looking contemplation.

4. Just as the Government is set to abolish the General Teaching Council,in being consistent, the IFL should also be abolished.There is no substantial evidence that the IFL, or any other similar organisation, has produced a substantive improvement in Education and standards.

Why is this idea important?

The above organisation should be abolished for the following reasons:

1. The annual fee, although currently met by Government for those employed full time in the F.E. sector, is a waste of resources and would be better spent on front line delivery.

2. Should the Government at any time withdraw the indirect funding for IFL, then in effect qualified lecturers would be required to pay an "employment tax". This would not be equitable, nor would it enhance the Government's reputation with those working in the sector.

3.It achieves little or nothing that can be in anyway measured in terms of improving the outcomes for students. It appears largely to be more "political correctness" ( a New Labour legacy), rather than a constructive use of both time and resources. The opportunity cost has also not been figured in, i.e. time taken to complete a rather over complex and over subjective, inward looking contemplation.

4. Just as the Government is set to abolish the General Teaching Council,in being consistent, the IFL should also be abolished.There is no substantial evidence that the IFL, or any other similar organisation, has produced a substantive improvement in Education and standards.

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.

Education Maintenance Allowance

How is it fair that EMA is given to people just because they attend college or sixth form? I know people who are currently at my sixth form who turn up just because of EMA. It is said that EMA is used for study reasons. A number of people I know use it for other purposes, NOT study reasons. I think this is unfair for people who cannot claim this just because their parents earn over a certain amount a year. Our parents are the ones that are paying these people in tax so I think it should be abolished all together or everybody should have the right to claim it. You can claim up to 30 pound a week…I mean I have a part time job and I can't even earn that on a saturday! There is this stereotypical way of thinking that parents who earn over a certain amount a year give the equivalent amount of money to their children…This is wrong. Do something about this.

Why is this idea important?

How is it fair that EMA is given to people just because they attend college or sixth form? I know people who are currently at my sixth form who turn up just because of EMA. It is said that EMA is used for study reasons. A number of people I know use it for other purposes, NOT study reasons. I think this is unfair for people who cannot claim this just because their parents earn over a certain amount a year. Our parents are the ones that are paying these people in tax so I think it should be abolished all together or everybody should have the right to claim it. You can claim up to 30 pound a week…I mean I have a part time job and I can't even earn that on a saturday! There is this stereotypical way of thinking that parents who earn over a certain amount a year give the equivalent amount of money to their children…This is wrong. Do something about this.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Why pay children to stay on at school – their parents are already getting child benefit and the vast majority are receiving Working Families tax credits – it is one way of ensuring that a child thinks its okay to start of on a life of thinking thta's it ok to sit back and wait for Government handouts rather than getting of their backsides and getting a job like we used to have to do not so many years ago.

Why is this idea important?

Why pay children to stay on at school – their parents are already getting child benefit and the vast majority are receiving Working Families tax credits – it is one way of ensuring that a child thinks its okay to start of on a life of thinking thta's it ok to sit back and wait for Government handouts rather than getting of their backsides and getting a job like we used to have to do not so many years ago.

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