Tripartite school system,ban politics from education.

It is vital to restore an honest and high standard educational system;Present levels of aspiration are deplorable and offend hte civil rights of every child in the public sector.selective schools for academic children ,technical(practiacal skills-based schools), properly equipped(old secondary moderns were not) with apprenticeships to follow,business-orientated schools.Appropriate worthwhile qualifications as valued by employers.Education policy has not been thought through for decades and is now chaotic and most foreigners receive a far better education. Parents should insist on these rights.

Why is this idea important?

It is vital to restore an honest and high standard educational system;Present levels of aspiration are deplorable and offend hte civil rights of every child in the public sector.selective schools for academic children ,technical(practiacal skills-based schools), properly equipped(old secondary moderns were not) with apprenticeships to follow,business-orientated schools.Appropriate worthwhile qualifications as valued by employers.Education policy has not been thought through for decades and is now chaotic and most foreigners receive a far better education. Parents should insist on these rights.

The 3 Exam Boards In England Should Merge

Merge the current exam boards Edexcel, AQA and OCR. Or alternatively give the contract to just one of them.

When a school is selecting which exam board to enter it pupils on to, it rationally selects the exam board with the reputation for asking the easiest (and most consistent) questions.

You cannot blame schools and teachers for acting in this manner, especially in a time when league tables hold such sway in the minds of parents, governors and media.

Exam boards currently have an equally rational desire to provide as many exam papers to as many schools as possible. You therefore have this 'race to the bottom' in terms of difficulty in exam papers.   

The only solution is to have 1 exam board, independent of central government, which will write the papers for all GCSE and A level students in the country.

Why is this idea important?

Merge the current exam boards Edexcel, AQA and OCR. Or alternatively give the contract to just one of them.

When a school is selecting which exam board to enter it pupils on to, it rationally selects the exam board with the reputation for asking the easiest (and most consistent) questions.

You cannot blame schools and teachers for acting in this manner, especially in a time when league tables hold such sway in the minds of parents, governors and media.

Exam boards currently have an equally rational desire to provide as many exam papers to as many schools as possible. You therefore have this 'race to the bottom' in terms of difficulty in exam papers.   

The only solution is to have 1 exam board, independent of central government, which will write the papers for all GCSE and A level students in the country.

Replace food-tech with nutrition lessons.

I struggle to think of anything meaningful that learnt in my food-tech lessons. I was taught how to make scones, biscuits and cakes. I was taught that putting sugar in my bolognaise sauce would make the tomatoes sweeter. I was even taught the purpose of putting butter in your sandwich- the textbook answer being that it 'provides a waterproof barrier between bread & salad (this supposedly being valuable information).

Has any of this played a valuable contribution to my academic learning? No. Has my ability to make scones made me a better person or enriched my daily life? Of course not.

I propose that food tech should be completely scrapped, instead being replaced with nutrition lessons which educate children on the science of food. Teach them about blood sugar, food groups, what part vitamins and minerals play in each aspect of the body, how calories work, salt and water retention, hydration, metabolism etc.

Why is this idea important?

I struggle to think of anything meaningful that learnt in my food-tech lessons. I was taught how to make scones, biscuits and cakes. I was taught that putting sugar in my bolognaise sauce would make the tomatoes sweeter. I was even taught the purpose of putting butter in your sandwich- the textbook answer being that it 'provides a waterproof barrier between bread & salad (this supposedly being valuable information).

Has any of this played a valuable contribution to my academic learning? No. Has my ability to make scones made me a better person or enriched my daily life? Of course not.

I propose that food tech should be completely scrapped, instead being replaced with nutrition lessons which educate children on the science of food. Teach them about blood sugar, food groups, what part vitamins and minerals play in each aspect of the body, how calories work, salt and water retention, hydration, metabolism etc.

Remove the rule that prevents students choosing their own snacks!!!

In our 6th form college cafe, we are no longer allowed to have a vending machine for snacks.

The reason, apparently, is because we are considered part of the school which we 'came from' and they wanted a 'healthy schools' status.

Firstly, in what world does removing snacks from a place where people are for less than 1% of their week (their lunch/break times) make them magically become healthy?

Secondly, how does removing snacks from the 6th form make the younger student (hence, the school) healthy?

Thirdly, the cafe is used only by students aged 16-19 and occasionally staff as well (who, believe it or not, are adults) who should be permitted to choose whether to buy chocolate from the vending machine every day, or salads and fruit etc from the cafe.

Why is this idea important?

In our 6th form college cafe, we are no longer allowed to have a vending machine for snacks.

The reason, apparently, is because we are considered part of the school which we 'came from' and they wanted a 'healthy schools' status.

Firstly, in what world does removing snacks from a place where people are for less than 1% of their week (their lunch/break times) make them magically become healthy?

Secondly, how does removing snacks from the 6th form make the younger student (hence, the school) healthy?

Thirdly, the cafe is used only by students aged 16-19 and occasionally staff as well (who, believe it or not, are adults) who should be permitted to choose whether to buy chocolate from the vending machine every day, or salads and fruit etc from the cafe.

Restore Parents Rights To Detailed School Data

Ofcom school inspections used to provide parents with a wealth of factual data that could help parents see through wooly waffle and vague statements about "values" and "nurturing every child" and help parents decide if a school was good or not.

The right to this data has been destoryed with new simplified Section 5 reports. Restore this right now. At low cost schools could publish data every year. Or Ofstead could publish it for them. They already collect this data for the Government, so the extra cost would minimal.

Here is the information that I, as a parent, would look for when trying to shortlist schools or when considering moving to a new area:

Number of pupils (years 7-11 and sixth form separately), male and female numbers.

Number of teachers

New teachers in the year

How many established teachers have left

Teachers who have joined and left in the same year (staff turnover is an important indicator of an unhappy school).

Number of pupils who took every GCSE subject and numbers by grade band, by age or 1st attempt/2nd attempt (there is a huge difference between a school where most pupils take GCSEs in Hairdressing, Geography and Art at 16, bumping up the league table results, and schools where 14 year olds routinely sit Maths, and a third school where a minority of pupils sit hard subjects, and the same pupils resit once or twice if necessary to improve grades, but all three would score the same in league tables).

Number of pupils in GCSE points bands (do 10% of pupils get no GCSEs or 20%? Averages won't tell you that).

Ethnic breakdown of the school.

Class sizes.

Number of temporary exclusions and indication of how many pupils that refers to.

Number of permanent exclusions.

Pupil outcomes – number of Y11s gone on to further education categorised by 6th form in same school, Other 6th form, FE College, not gone on to further education.

        – number that have gone to University by rough Uni category (Oxbridge, Russel Group, middling, desperate, USA Ivy League) and subject or type of subject.

       – number employed / unemployed after 5 years.

by lessimon

Why is this idea important?

Ofcom school inspections used to provide parents with a wealth of factual data that could help parents see through wooly waffle and vague statements about "values" and "nurturing every child" and help parents decide if a school was good or not.

The right to this data has been destoryed with new simplified Section 5 reports. Restore this right now. At low cost schools could publish data every year. Or Ofstead could publish it for them. They already collect this data for the Government, so the extra cost would minimal.

Here is the information that I, as a parent, would look for when trying to shortlist schools or when considering moving to a new area:

Number of pupils (years 7-11 and sixth form separately), male and female numbers.

Number of teachers

New teachers in the year

How many established teachers have left

Teachers who have joined and left in the same year (staff turnover is an important indicator of an unhappy school).

Number of pupils who took every GCSE subject and numbers by grade band, by age or 1st attempt/2nd attempt (there is a huge difference between a school where most pupils take GCSEs in Hairdressing, Geography and Art at 16, bumping up the league table results, and schools where 14 year olds routinely sit Maths, and a third school where a minority of pupils sit hard subjects, and the same pupils resit once or twice if necessary to improve grades, but all three would score the same in league tables).

Number of pupils in GCSE points bands (do 10% of pupils get no GCSEs or 20%? Averages won't tell you that).

Ethnic breakdown of the school.

Class sizes.

Number of temporary exclusions and indication of how many pupils that refers to.

Number of permanent exclusions.

Pupil outcomes – number of Y11s gone on to further education categorised by 6th form in same school, Other 6th form, FE College, not gone on to further education.

        – number that have gone to University by rough Uni category (Oxbridge, Russel Group, middling, desperate, USA Ivy League) and subject or type of subject.

       – number employed / unemployed after 5 years.

by lessimon

Keep Civil Servant Details Private

The Conservatives pledged to publish the job titles for every member of staff in the Civil Service, and presumably all other public bodies.

This is dangerous.

And a massive breech of privacy.

There are good arguments for publishing some details of top staff, who suggest top level policies and brief Ministers, but 99% do not have this level of influence. Some have good reason for being selective about who they give their details to. A cousin of mine works for a Policing body. If her children's classmates knew that they would be beaten up regularly. Her car would be vandalised or sabotaged. If it were known that her husband has access to senstive data he would be a target for terrorists and organised crime. Most people have one or two dodgy relatives, some might be tempted to ask for favours. Neither my cousin or her husband are influential (or rich) so it is difficult to see what publshing their details would achieve. And publishing their grades would tell the whole world what salary they are on. From there it is a small step to putting peoples bank details on line.

By the way, their employer does not allow out-of-office phone messages, because that would make it easy for naughty people* to impersonate them while on holiday and exercise some Policing advantages or possibly hack their computers. Their neighbours know when they are on holiday, but not who they work for. These are genuine security and lifestyle issues. Redacting data would be unreliable and error prone.

Why is this idea important?

The Conservatives pledged to publish the job titles for every member of staff in the Civil Service, and presumably all other public bodies.

This is dangerous.

And a massive breech of privacy.

There are good arguments for publishing some details of top staff, who suggest top level policies and brief Ministers, but 99% do not have this level of influence. Some have good reason for being selective about who they give their details to. A cousin of mine works for a Policing body. If her children's classmates knew that they would be beaten up regularly. Her car would be vandalised or sabotaged. If it were known that her husband has access to senstive data he would be a target for terrorists and organised crime. Most people have one or two dodgy relatives, some might be tempted to ask for favours. Neither my cousin or her husband are influential (or rich) so it is difficult to see what publshing their details would achieve. And publishing their grades would tell the whole world what salary they are on. From there it is a small step to putting peoples bank details on line.

By the way, their employer does not allow out-of-office phone messages, because that would make it easy for naughty people* to impersonate them while on holiday and exercise some Policing advantages or possibly hack their computers. Their neighbours know when they are on holiday, but not who they work for. These are genuine security and lifestyle issues. Redacting data would be unreliable and error prone.

Schools should be secular, mixed, presenting religion as a comparative subject

State schools should be secular, mixed sex and present religion as a comparative subject, thus encouraging greater integration, understanding of gender roles, all faiths and cultures, rather than promoting one as the only right path and way of life.They should be well funded and easily accessed countrywide. Private, independent schools should fund themselves, without financial help, either from the State or charitable status.

Why is this idea important?

State schools should be secular, mixed sex and present religion as a comparative subject, thus encouraging greater integration, understanding of gender roles, all faiths and cultures, rather than promoting one as the only right path and way of life.They should be well funded and easily accessed countrywide. Private, independent schools should fund themselves, without financial help, either from the State or charitable status.

Public schools

Your previous contributors have pointed out some very good reasons for restoring the grammar schools. In addition, the 2005(?) Charities Act should be repealed or amended so that it no longer "penalises" the (apparent) privilaged status of the public schools. 

Why is this idea important?

Your previous contributors have pointed out some very good reasons for restoring the grammar schools. In addition, the 2005(?) Charities Act should be repealed or amended so that it no longer "penalises" the (apparent) privilaged status of the public schools. 

Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Tuition Fee for children in schools

Dear Sirs

Could I may put an idea forward please that the children at school should pay tuition fee as little as £5 for start every month and an invoice will be issued to them.

Let’s say if there are about 500 kids in school that mean the amount of £2500 will be a big help for the school to full fill their needs, like repairs.

Thast £30000 a year and can do alot!

And its not a big amount for any parents to pay for their children at least they will be spending less money on their drinks and society will be a lot better place.

I don’t want to say too much I have many ideas but I leave this idea in you good hands.

Best wishes’

Mchoudhry

Why is this idea important?

Dear Sirs

Could I may put an idea forward please that the children at school should pay tuition fee as little as £5 for start every month and an invoice will be issued to them.

Let’s say if there are about 500 kids in school that mean the amount of £2500 will be a big help for the school to full fill their needs, like repairs.

Thast £30000 a year and can do alot!

And its not a big amount for any parents to pay for their children at least they will be spending less money on their drinks and society will be a lot better place.

I don’t want to say too much I have many ideas but I leave this idea in you good hands.

Best wishes’

Mchoudhry

repeal the law allowing schools to become trusts

Allowing schools to become led by part-time non-professionals can be disastrous.  If you doubt this see the 'Concerned Calday Parents' Group on Facebook

Why is this idea important?

Allowing schools to become led by part-time non-professionals can be disastrous.  If you doubt this see the 'Concerned Calday Parents' Group on Facebook

Scrap awards

Having seen a number of schools bend over backwards producing endless reams of paperwork and spending countless hours filling in boxes to receive Artsmark, Investors in People and all the other marks you can get, I feel this madness has to stop. Visits are often nothing more than a chat with the head and a tour of the school.  They do nothing to secure the progress of children and do much to massage peoples egos and to fill the accounts of former heads, teachers and inspectors.

Why is this idea important?

Having seen a number of schools bend over backwards producing endless reams of paperwork and spending countless hours filling in boxes to receive Artsmark, Investors in People and all the other marks you can get, I feel this madness has to stop. Visits are often nothing more than a chat with the head and a tour of the school.  They do nothing to secure the progress of children and do much to massage peoples egos and to fill the accounts of former heads, teachers and inspectors.

Temporary Event Notices and school events

Establish an exemption for regulated entertainment at schools. 

A temporary event notice is currently required for all unlicensed premises for regulated entertainment, the supply of alcohol and late night refreshments with specific requirements being determined by local authority licensing officers.

Currently, a temporary event notice can be required to hold a school disco for pupils and the screening of a film.

Why is this idea important?

Establish an exemption for regulated entertainment at schools. 

A temporary event notice is currently required for all unlicensed premises for regulated entertainment, the supply of alcohol and late night refreshments with specific requirements being determined by local authority licensing officers.

Currently, a temporary event notice can be required to hold a school disco for pupils and the screening of a film.

Scrap the legal requirement for schools provide daily collective worship for their pupils

All state maintained schools are legally required to provide daily collective worship for their pupils, and so all school pupils are currently legally obliged to undertake an act of worship each school day, regardless of their own beliefs. Although there are opportunities to opt out of this, this is only allowed if requested by the parents. This leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of belief.

I am strongly in favour of inclusive school assemblies, which can help to build shared values and a sense of community. I oppose acts of collective worship in school, since these exclude many, and believe that the parental right of excusal is not a proper solution.

Why is this idea important?

All state maintained schools are legally required to provide daily collective worship for their pupils, and so all school pupils are currently legally obliged to undertake an act of worship each school day, regardless of their own beliefs. Although there are opportunities to opt out of this, this is only allowed if requested by the parents. This leaves young people without access to their right to freedom of belief.

I am strongly in favour of inclusive school assemblies, which can help to build shared values and a sense of community. I oppose acts of collective worship in school, since these exclude many, and believe that the parental right of excusal is not a proper solution.

Revert back to internal mock exams at secondary school

basically I would like the secondary school exams to go back to having a mock exam that are internally marked.  The current process means that schools are paying in the region of £100,000 a year to have their kid put through exams. This figure used to be £20,000. What was ever wrong with the idea of putting the kids through an internal mock exam, see how their doing, tell them what they've got to do and if they fail then they have to pay for themselves to resit the exam.

It's an important life skill to learn that there isn't always a safety net nad so you have to make teh best of the oppertunities that life offers you.

Why is this idea important?

basically I would like the secondary school exams to go back to having a mock exam that are internally marked.  The current process means that schools are paying in the region of £100,000 a year to have their kid put through exams. This figure used to be £20,000. What was ever wrong with the idea of putting the kids through an internal mock exam, see how their doing, tell them what they've got to do and if they fail then they have to pay for themselves to resit the exam.

It's an important life skill to learn that there isn't always a safety net nad so you have to make teh best of the oppertunities that life offers you.

Rebuilding the educational system ! AND DON’T JUST TAKE ME AS A JOKE. TAKE NOTICE

I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT GETTING INTOUCH WITH YOU IS A WASTE OF TIME AND THAT YOU WILL DISREGRARD THIS LETTER AND NOT TAKE ANY NOTICE OF WHAT I HAVE TO SAY……… I HOPE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TOLD ME THIS AND THERE ARE MANY,  ARE WRONG. BUT ONLY YOU CAN BE THE ONES TO CALL THEIR BLUFF AND READ THIS…….WHATS IT DOING TO BE . ONLY WHEN I SEE A REPLY  WILL I KNOW……IF YOU HAVE THE TIME FOR ME

I have not been so ashamed of my country of birth in the aspect on how the children ( THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY) are being educated. Max Hastings (daily mail, tuesday 20th July 2010) He is so correct in everyway,this is my biggest worry not just for my children but for EVERY child in this counrty. I had a meeting with Mark Hazel one of your department heads in Cumbria, about keeping  my child back in year 5 as he is not at the educational standard he needs to be to go into secondary school. I WANT HIM REPEATED AND I GET YOUR POLICIES REFUSSING THIS. taking away my rights as a mother who wants whats best for my child. I don't believe I have a right to decide to take away your rights as a parent so why must you have the right to do  that to me as your policies dictate so.

If  Mark Hazel comes to a meeting as a department head in a pair of trainers, jogging pants , a vest top and to top it all earrings all the way up his ear …….. no wonder I have a bad attitude towards all in power to decide what is RIGHT and WRONG He should of been in a suit and tie..It shows me thereis  Something is so very wrong with his attitude towards the goverment departments, is this man not PROUD to work within your goverment . Just as the teachers they are so lazy and all they do is protect their our backs and the school they work in….. OFSTED reports.

Third world countries are educating their children better than you and to me you are egotistical in believing your are on top listing in world ratings, your eyes are open wide SHUT for you to think thingsdon't  need DRASTIC CHANGE………….

CHILDREN TODAY WALK AROUND THINKING THEY ARE NEVER FAILURES AND THAT THEY ARE NEVER WRONG…………

THIS EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HAS TOUGHT THEM ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY

ARRIGANCE

THE AMOUT OF CHILDREN IN TOUBLE,  THEFT , DRUGS , UNDER AGE SEXUAL ACTIONS AND OH I CAN KEEP GOING … BUT I THINK YOU GET MY DRIFT. its not just the parents to blame. they are at school as much as at home. if they have structure in the class room it will filter through into the outside world and the home.

I came back home proud to be back as I have always been proud to be British . But the way people conduct yourselves makes me ashamed. I wanted to come back and give this counrty my children, to be educated and to give back to you with  their services to this Country not South Africa and this is want I get . stabbed in the back and told I have NO SAY IN WHATS IN THE BEST INTREST OF MY OWN CHILD. THATS SICK I don't want my child sponging of the goverment funds because of his lack of education I would like him to be more useful and not a rubish picker either , that should not even be a job it should be made compolsary for spongers to do or the ones covicted for petty crimes ….. driving offenses damaging goveverment , council property as so forth.

Why is this idea important?

I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT GETTING INTOUCH WITH YOU IS A WASTE OF TIME AND THAT YOU WILL DISREGRARD THIS LETTER AND NOT TAKE ANY NOTICE OF WHAT I HAVE TO SAY……… I HOPE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TOLD ME THIS AND THERE ARE MANY,  ARE WRONG. BUT ONLY YOU CAN BE THE ONES TO CALL THEIR BLUFF AND READ THIS…….WHATS IT DOING TO BE . ONLY WHEN I SEE A REPLY  WILL I KNOW……IF YOU HAVE THE TIME FOR ME

I have not been so ashamed of my country of birth in the aspect on how the children ( THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY) are being educated. Max Hastings (daily mail, tuesday 20th July 2010) He is so correct in everyway,this is my biggest worry not just for my children but for EVERY child in this counrty. I had a meeting with Mark Hazel one of your department heads in Cumbria, about keeping  my child back in year 5 as he is not at the educational standard he needs to be to go into secondary school. I WANT HIM REPEATED AND I GET YOUR POLICIES REFUSSING THIS. taking away my rights as a mother who wants whats best for my child. I don't believe I have a right to decide to take away your rights as a parent so why must you have the right to do  that to me as your policies dictate so.

If  Mark Hazel comes to a meeting as a department head in a pair of trainers, jogging pants , a vest top and to top it all earrings all the way up his ear …….. no wonder I have a bad attitude towards all in power to decide what is RIGHT and WRONG He should of been in a suit and tie..It shows me thereis  Something is so very wrong with his attitude towards the goverment departments, is this man not PROUD to work within your goverment . Just as the teachers they are so lazy and all they do is protect their our backs and the school they work in….. OFSTED reports.

Third world countries are educating their children better than you and to me you are egotistical in believing your are on top listing in world ratings, your eyes are open wide SHUT for you to think thingsdon't  need DRASTIC CHANGE………….

CHILDREN TODAY WALK AROUND THINKING THEY ARE NEVER FAILURES AND THAT THEY ARE NEVER WRONG…………

THIS EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HAS TOUGHT THEM ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY

ARRIGANCE

THE AMOUT OF CHILDREN IN TOUBLE,  THEFT , DRUGS , UNDER AGE SEXUAL ACTIONS AND OH I CAN KEEP GOING … BUT I THINK YOU GET MY DRIFT. its not just the parents to blame. they are at school as much as at home. if they have structure in the class room it will filter through into the outside world and the home.

I came back home proud to be back as I have always been proud to be British . But the way people conduct yourselves makes me ashamed. I wanted to come back and give this counrty my children, to be educated and to give back to you with  their services to this Country not South Africa and this is want I get . stabbed in the back and told I have NO SAY IN WHATS IN THE BEST INTREST OF MY OWN CHILD. THATS SICK I don't want my child sponging of the goverment funds because of his lack of education I would like him to be more useful and not a rubish picker either , that should not even be a job it should be made compolsary for spongers to do or the ones covicted for petty crimes ….. driving offenses damaging goveverment , council property as so forth.

Restore playing fields for schools

A host of problems may be solved by resoring playing fields for schools.

– children need open green space not only for regular games lessons but also for the simple pleasure of having free time in a green space

– after school hours and on weekends these areas should be used for after school competitive games. This will teach children team spirit and co-working and it will keep them off the streets

– health and safety rules must be trimmed so that after school games clubs can be conducted in a sufficiently safe manner. If necessary parents and children could be required to sign forms stating that injuries in the course of playing in the fields will be considered normal and will not be open to legal redress. Those parents and children who wish to remain totally 'safe' and who do not sign this document will not have access to the playing fields

– this idea could be linked up to the Olympic legacy for the UK

Why is this idea important?

A host of problems may be solved by resoring playing fields for schools.

– children need open green space not only for regular games lessons but also for the simple pleasure of having free time in a green space

– after school hours and on weekends these areas should be used for after school competitive games. This will teach children team spirit and co-working and it will keep them off the streets

– health and safety rules must be trimmed so that after school games clubs can be conducted in a sufficiently safe manner. If necessary parents and children could be required to sign forms stating that injuries in the course of playing in the fields will be considered normal and will not be open to legal redress. Those parents and children who wish to remain totally 'safe' and who do not sign this document will not have access to the playing fields

– this idea could be linked up to the Olympic legacy for the UK

MP’s should have to do the same as the rest of us

Reading through some idas on this site I've found two areas where MP's are treated differently to the rest of us.

1.  MP's don't have to have CRB checks even if their work brings them in contact with children.

2. MP's can choose to smoke inside Westminster licensed bars because of its 'palace' designation.

Are there any more examples of the civil liberties of MP's being more respected than the civil liberties of the rest of the population and where they are deemed above the law.

I think if we have to do it MP's have to do it too.

 

Why is this idea important?

Reading through some idas on this site I've found two areas where MP's are treated differently to the rest of us.

1.  MP's don't have to have CRB checks even if their work brings them in contact with children.

2. MP's can choose to smoke inside Westminster licensed bars because of its 'palace' designation.

Are there any more examples of the civil liberties of MP's being more respected than the civil liberties of the rest of the population and where they are deemed above the law.

I think if we have to do it MP's have to do it too.

 

Bring back grammar schools to improve social mobility

Grammar schools are not about elitism but about excellence – regardless of income. Their abolition was a disaster since they offered a highly academic education to pupils of any class , enabling pupils from the working and lower middle class to benefit from what was effectively a private school standard of education.

Since their abolition, social mobilty has ground to a halt and the 7 per cent of pupils educated at private schools have reasserted their dominance, taking half of top jobs and 40 per cent of seats in the House of Commons. The upwardly mobile grammar school kid from the council estate has gone – replaced by the public school toff who walks into top jobs because there is no competition from the state sector anymore.

Selection by ability – the grammar school – has been replaced by selection by income – either  a private school or the good comprehensive school, where middle class parents move in to the more expensive catchment areas of the leafy suburban comprehensive. The poor but bright child in the inner city gets sent to a sink comprehensive with low achieving kids and gets a bog standard education.   

The well-meaning liberals who decry the grammar schools have scored a spectacular own goal, kicking the ladder away from poor kids who may otherwise get a chance.

Look at the evidence – in Northern Ireland, which retained grammar schools until recently, the proportion of poor kids going on to university was higher than in England and the overall exam results better.   There is also research showing that clever children perform better in a class of around 20 of their peers instead of being among two or three in the top set of a comp (if they are in a set at all). It's like being in a rowing team – you're going to pull harder if your fellow rowers are at least as good as you or better, but if they're all slower than you, you can relax and not try too hard.   

 

 

     

Why is this idea important?

Grammar schools are not about elitism but about excellence – regardless of income. Their abolition was a disaster since they offered a highly academic education to pupils of any class , enabling pupils from the working and lower middle class to benefit from what was effectively a private school standard of education.

Since their abolition, social mobilty has ground to a halt and the 7 per cent of pupils educated at private schools have reasserted their dominance, taking half of top jobs and 40 per cent of seats in the House of Commons. The upwardly mobile grammar school kid from the council estate has gone – replaced by the public school toff who walks into top jobs because there is no competition from the state sector anymore.

Selection by ability – the grammar school – has been replaced by selection by income – either  a private school or the good comprehensive school, where middle class parents move in to the more expensive catchment areas of the leafy suburban comprehensive. The poor but bright child in the inner city gets sent to a sink comprehensive with low achieving kids and gets a bog standard education.   

The well-meaning liberals who decry the grammar schools have scored a spectacular own goal, kicking the ladder away from poor kids who may otherwise get a chance.

Look at the evidence – in Northern Ireland, which retained grammar schools until recently, the proportion of poor kids going on to university was higher than in England and the overall exam results better.   There is also research showing that clever children perform better in a class of around 20 of their peers instead of being among two or three in the top set of a comp (if they are in a set at all). It's like being in a rowing team – you're going to pull harder if your fellow rowers are at least as good as you or better, but if they're all slower than you, you can relax and not try too hard.   

 

 

     

CRB CHECK FOR VOLUNTEERING ON SCHOOL TRIP

GET RID OF CRB CHECKS FOR PARENTS WANTING TO HELP OUT ON SCHOOL TRIPS. THESE ARE ONLY ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, IT SHOULDN'T BE NECESSARY TO GO WITH YOUR OWN CHILD WHEN YOU ARE ONLY CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY, ESPECIALLY AT RECEPTION AGE WHEN THEY AREN'T AWAY FROM PARENTS BEFORE. IF THEY DO INSIST ON IT THE SCHOOL SHOULD PAY FOR IT, I LOOK AT IT LIKE THE SCHOOL IS HAPPY ENOUGH FOR THE SAME PARENTS TO GO IN DAY IN DAY OUT AND HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME KIDS, WHERE IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Why is this idea important?

GET RID OF CRB CHECKS FOR PARENTS WANTING TO HELP OUT ON SCHOOL TRIPS. THESE ARE ONLY ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, IT SHOULDN'T BE NECESSARY TO GO WITH YOUR OWN CHILD WHEN YOU ARE ONLY CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY, ESPECIALLY AT RECEPTION AGE WHEN THEY AREN'T AWAY FROM PARENTS BEFORE. IF THEY DO INSIST ON IT THE SCHOOL SHOULD PAY FOR IT, I LOOK AT IT LIKE THE SCHOOL IS HAPPY ENOUGH FOR THE SAME PARENTS TO GO IN DAY IN DAY OUT AND HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME KIDS, WHERE IS THE DIFFERENCE?