Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

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Fantastic news for phonics that Nick Gibb won his seat! ;-))

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri May 08, 2015 10:02 am

What a relief...

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/12939223 ... pton_seat/

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Conservative candidate Nick Gibb has retained his Bognor Regis and Littlehampton parliamentary seat with 24,185 votes.

Mr Gibb beat UKIP candidate Graham Jones into second place with 10,241 votes.

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Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri May 08, 2015 10:05 am

Which really means it is very, very good news for 'literacy' and for 'education'.

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Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri May 08, 2015 10:13 am

But here is the manifesto list which is not representative of my general views on education:

http://schoolsweek.co.uk/conservative-e ... lete-list/
The Conservative Party launched their manifesto this morning. Here is the complete list of education pledges.
In a section labelled ‘our plan of action’, the Conservatives say:

They will drive up standards in your child’s school

This will be done by:

– Requiring every 11 year old to know times tables by heart, perform long division and multiplication, read a book and write a short story.

– If children do not meet Level 4 in their ‘exams’ at the end of primary school, they must resit at secondary school.

– Require all pupils to take GCSEs in the ‘English Baccalaureate’ subjects – English, maths, science, a modern foreign language, and history or geography.

– Limit Ofsted ratings for schools that ‘refuse’ to offer all Baccalaureate subjects. They will only be able to get a ‘good’.



We will ensure there is a good primary school place for your child, with zero tolerance of failure
The party will:

– Continue to expand academies, free schools, studio schools and University Technical Colleges.

– Open at least 500 new free schools

– Introduce new powers forcing any school receiving a ‘requires improvement’ rating to be taken over by new leadership unless it has an improvement plan

– Allow all good schools to expand, whether maintained schools, academies, free schools or grammar schools.



We will continue to protect school funding
The party will:

– Commit £18billion for new school buildings

– Continue to provide the pupil premium protected at current rates

– Continue providing free meals to all infants

– Not allow state schools to make a profit

– Least-well funded authorities have already had increases in funding, and this will be the baseline for future funding.



We will back your child’s teacher
The party will:

– Expect every teacher to be trained in serious behaviour and stopping low-level disruption

– Reduce time spent on paperwork

– Introduce bursaries for the most ‘in-demand’ subject

– Pay good teachers more

– Reduce the ‘burden’ of Ofsted inspections

– Encourage the growth of Teach First

– Increase the number of teachers able to teach Mandarin

– Support an independent College of Teaching



We will lead the world in maths and science
The party will:

– Train an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers over the Parliament



We will protect children
The party will:

– Introduce regional adoption agencies, working across local authorities to match children.

– Expand training programmes for social workers, such as Frontline.

– Continue to tackle all forms of bullying.

– Require age verification for all sites containing pornographic material and age-rating for all music videos.

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Post by frances5 » Fri May 08, 2015 2:59 pm

They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other. Maybe the conservatives have improved the teaching reading in England, but other aspects of educational policy are dire.

Research has improved the teaching. I would like educational policy to be research based in the UK rather than politicans' whims.

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Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Fri May 08, 2015 4:21 pm

but other aspects of educational policy are dire.
I agree.

Personally, I think the agenda to change the name and type of schools is divisive and 'political' - I would have focused on making all schools non-religious and all schools good quality - removing the implication that a school has to become an academy or to be a free school to be a 'better' school.

England has many peoples, cultures and religions - surely we need integration and not division.

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat May 09, 2015 10:04 pm

No return for Sweden’s free schools
Government plans to abolish profit motive after Pisa slide

For-profit free schools in Sweden have long been a shining example for free market evangelists in education. But their future is under threat after the country’s government has launched a major review of the institutions.

The majority of Sweden’s free schools – which have helped to inform education policy in England – are run by businesses, but politicians in a newly formed coalition are looking to effectively remove the profit motive.

As part of a wider review of public services, the country’s school system will come under fresh scrutiny after slipping down the influential Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) league tables in recent years. Under its proposals, the government intends to bring in legislation by 2016 that would force private companies to reinvest all profits back into their schools.
https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6447747

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Post by frances5 » Sat May 09, 2015 10:46 pm

What has been awful about free schools is that they have not been created where they were needed. Two years ago I knew several families who had no place on allocation day. They had to sweat and wait for place to come up through the continued interest. In the end the council created a bulge class, but the stress was terrible. My daughter's school is very over subscribed inspite of a terrible OFSTED. Families who move into a new area often struggle to find places at the same school for siblings. The lack of school places makes it impossible for dissatisfied parents to change school.

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Post by Elizabeth » Sun May 10, 2015 10:10 am

I agree with most of these messages, but not this one:
They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other.
They are not as bad as each other. Some are much better than others.
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Post by Susan Godsland » Tue May 12, 2015 12:29 pm

I've just learnt that Nick Gibb returns to the DfE as Minister of State for Schools

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Post by Elizabeth » Tue May 12, 2015 12:39 pm

Wonderful news! He will keep the government on track.
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Post by JIM CURRAN » Tue May 12, 2015 9:11 pm

Great news .Nick Gibb has done more than any other politician to promote the cause of Synthetic Phonics in our schools.We owe him a huge debt.

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Post by kenm » Wed May 13, 2015 8:16 am

Elizabeth wrote:I agree with most of these messages, but not this one:
They are a load of politicans and they are as bad as each other.
They are not as bad as each other. Some are much better than others.
Yes. Elections show the party leaders at their worst. To see non-ministerial MPs at their best, watch select committee meetings on the BBC Parliament channel. Occasionally this also gives you an opportunity to judge the competence of a minister under questioning by an expert in the subject under discussion. More often, the witnesses are civil servants, who also vary in competence, or senior military, who usually impress me with their command of their responsibilities.

I get the impression that the standard of civil servants has declined since Thatcher's attack on them, which you would expect, as competent ones can more easily get other jobs. Rather few ministers have enough time in post and strength of will to change the ethos of a department when it gets out of line with the views of the electorate.
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