Expiring student visas

“One overseas student in five overstays visa” (7 Sep 10).  Standby for some expensive and intrusive IT system… or just make any qualification achieved under a student visa conditional on proof of having left the UK.

Why is this idea important?

“One overseas student in five overstays visa” (7 Sep 10).  Standby for some expensive and intrusive IT system… or just make any qualification achieved under a student visa conditional on proof of having left the UK.

A* Results at A Level and GCSE should be for the top 10% only

A* grades at both A Level and GCSE should be allocated to the top 10% of candidates in the country.

When an exam is marked it scores from 0 to 100 percent and the threshold for grade bands is, for instance, 70% correct answers for a B and 80% correct for an A.

Those who reach these thresholds should rightly be given their appropriate grade. However A* should be reserved for the top 10% of candidates, not just some one who scores over, for instance, 85%.

A candidate's paper would be marked to the percent and given an A grade for achieving 80%, and only after all papers are marked would the A* percentage threshold be set, to allow a 10% quota of candidates through. If their paper achieved this amount they would then be upgraded to the A*. Logistically, if really necessary, this upgrade could happen a couple of weeks after the initial GCSE results are revealed.

Why is this idea important?

A* grades at both A Level and GCSE should be allocated to the top 10% of candidates in the country.

When an exam is marked it scores from 0 to 100 percent and the threshold for grade bands is, for instance, 70% correct answers for a B and 80% correct for an A.

Those who reach these thresholds should rightly be given their appropriate grade. However A* should be reserved for the top 10% of candidates, not just some one who scores over, for instance, 85%.

A candidate's paper would be marked to the percent and given an A grade for achieving 80%, and only after all papers are marked would the A* percentage threshold be set, to allow a 10% quota of candidates through. If their paper achieved this amount they would then be upgraded to the A*. Logistically, if really necessary, this upgrade could happen a couple of weeks after the initial GCSE results are revealed.

Access to to higher education

Revive the State Scholarship to allow free access to higher education for the top 5% of A-level students in state schools. Eligibility for  such a scholarship would be determined by a State Scholarship examination as it was prior to 1962.

Why is this idea important?

Revive the State Scholarship to allow free access to higher education for the top 5% of A-level students in state schools. Eligibility for  such a scholarship would be determined by a State Scholarship examination as it was prior to 1962.

Why are prison sentences linked to time

I believe that a lot of crime is because people are poorly educated. How about linking the release to academic attainment as well as time. So – if you have a 10 year sentence you could be released after 6 years if you have moved say 2 levels up in English and Maths on the national curriculum. If you haven't you may be in there for 12. There may be other courses that can be built into this. 

Why is this idea important?

I believe that a lot of crime is because people are poorly educated. How about linking the release to academic attainment as well as time. So – if you have a 10 year sentence you could be released after 6 years if you have moved say 2 levels up in English and Maths on the national curriculum. If you haven't you may be in there for 12. There may be other courses that can be built into this. 

Require businesses to create entry-level jobs

Businesses should be required to have at least 5% of positions in their companies set aside for people without experience in the sector. This can be 5% rounded down, so companies with under 20 workers would not be affected, companies with 20 – 39 employees would need to have one position etc.

Why is this idea important?

Businesses should be required to have at least 5% of positions in their companies set aside for people without experience in the sector. This can be 5% rounded down, so companies with under 20 workers would not be affected, companies with 20 – 39 employees would need to have one position etc.

Relax the qualified persons for Electrical work in the house

Relax the part 'P' regulations with regards to the qualified persons requirement for Electrical work in the house to a competent person.

This should include someone who has HNC/D, Degree, similar qualification or a specifically designed qualification (that can be taken at a tech college at a reasonable cost) or work experience/training dealing with Electronics or Electrical design or installation.

 

Why is this idea important?

Relax the part 'P' regulations with regards to the qualified persons requirement for Electrical work in the house to a competent person.

This should include someone who has HNC/D, Degree, similar qualification or a specifically designed qualification (that can be taken at a tech college at a reasonable cost) or work experience/training dealing with Electronics or Electrical design or installation.

 

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.

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.