Scrap ELQ for vocational courses in FE colleges

 FE (further education) courses should not be subject to ELQ (equivalent or lower level qualification) restrictions on funding support, as people should be able to retrain for vocational careers. It would make much more economic sense and get people back into work.

Why is this idea important?

 FE (further education) courses should not be subject to ELQ (equivalent or lower level qualification) restrictions on funding support, as people should be able to retrain for vocational careers. It would make much more economic sense and get people back into work.

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. 

Anonymise UCAS applications

Anonymise application data on UCAS university applications. Universities currently discriminate against those with more ‘normal’ backgrounds in favour of those that ‘look better to fill their places with’.

ANY discrimination is wrong and I cannot understand how they get away with this now. Surely the ‘white, un-handicapped, male’ also has a same equal right to NOT be discriminated against? The same right that anyone has ‘not to be discriminated against’.

Restore true equality ACROSS ALL AREAS OF CIVIL LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY. Reverse discrimination is just plain wrong.

Why is this idea important?

Anonymise application data on UCAS university applications. Universities currently discriminate against those with more ‘normal’ backgrounds in favour of those that ‘look better to fill their places with’.

ANY discrimination is wrong and I cannot understand how they get away with this now. Surely the ‘white, un-handicapped, male’ also has a same equal right to NOT be discriminated against? The same right that anyone has ‘not to be discriminated against’.

Restore true equality ACROSS ALL AREAS OF CIVIL LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY. Reverse discrimination is just plain wrong.

Further Education colleges: cut data returns and save funding

Reduce the data returns on Further Education colleges (information about which student is studying on which course) from 23 a year (that is one every other week!) to 2 or 3 a year.

Why is this idea important?

Reduce the data returns on Further Education colleges (information about which student is studying on which course) from 23 a year (that is one every other week!) to 2 or 3 a year.

Education

Everyone has right to a decent education however you define it. The higher education committee are not looking beyond the traditional A levels, then Uni format.

Why is this idea important?

Everyone has right to a decent education however you define it. The higher education committee are not looking beyond the traditional A levels, then Uni format.

Replace Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans with Graduate Tax

It is wrong that youg people are burdened with debt to study at university and it is wrong that parental income is taken account of for a group of young adults. Far better to apply a post graduation tax supplement on income for a defined number of years (or up to a total sum collected)

Why is this idea important?

It is wrong that youg people are burdened with debt to study at university and it is wrong that parental income is taken account of for a group of young adults. Far better to apply a post graduation tax supplement on income for a defined number of years (or up to a total sum collected)

Scrap Requirement For FE Lecturers To Join Institute for Learning

Statutory Instruments 2007 No. 2116 makes it mandatory for all FE and Sixth Form College teachers and lecturers to be members of either the Institure for Learning (IfL) or the General Teaching Council (GTC). As things stand, they must legally belong to one of these bodies. They cannot legally teach if they fail to comply. The GTC has already been abolished so much of the force of this piece of legislation has already been removed. Can I request that the legislation is completely scrapped so that nobody is legally forced to join the Institute for Learning (which still exists)? It is a deeply unpopular and unnecessary body that just lands teachers and lecturers with even more unnecessary red tape and does nothing to justify its existence. In addition, it costs the government approximately £5 million a year to subsidise and the government is currently committed to this subsidy until 2011.

Why is this idea important?

Statutory Instruments 2007 No. 2116 makes it mandatory for all FE and Sixth Form College teachers and lecturers to be members of either the Institure for Learning (IfL) or the General Teaching Council (GTC). As things stand, they must legally belong to one of these bodies. They cannot legally teach if they fail to comply. The GTC has already been abolished so much of the force of this piece of legislation has already been removed. Can I request that the legislation is completely scrapped so that nobody is legally forced to join the Institute for Learning (which still exists)? It is a deeply unpopular and unnecessary body that just lands teachers and lecturers with even more unnecessary red tape and does nothing to justify its existence. In addition, it costs the government approximately £5 million a year to subsidise and the government is currently committed to this subsidy until 2011.

Create a national degree awarding body.

Create a national body for the award of degrees and higher degrees by examination/thesis only.

Such degrees should be available in all major academic subjects, should be modular and of equivalent standard to that offered by existing universities.  

It should be possible to use modules as part qualification on existing degree courses.

Why is this idea important?

Create a national body for the award of degrees and higher degrees by examination/thesis only.

Such degrees should be available in all major academic subjects, should be modular and of equivalent standard to that offered by existing universities.  

It should be possible to use modules as part qualification on existing degree courses.

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