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More on Education - and a simple solution

Pupils would be able to choose what they study, ask each other for help in answering questions, mark their own work and grade their teachers’ performance under ambitious government plans to tailor education to the needs of individual children and young people.

Traditional grades or marks would go, to be replaced by “feedback”, where the teacher would suggest what steps a pupil could take to improve performance. Pupils would be entered for exams as soon as they were ready to take them, rather than wait until they reached a certain age.

Catch-up classes for those who trail behind and extra tuition for the brightest pupils are also recommended in a review of personalised learning published today.

The review, written by Christine Gilbert before her recent appointment as head of Ofsted, sets out the Government’s vision for schooling by 2020. It aims to stop some children falling behind by replacing a “one size fits all” approach to teaching with one designed to fit the needs of each child. (Times)

Boys should be taught separately to stop them falling further behind girls as part of an extensive overhaul of the education system, a powerful Government-backed review says today.
It says parents should get state funding to give their children extra private tuition if they are struggling with English or maths.

"for too many pupils, school does not engage them or equip them with the skills they need".

"Pupils and their parents could be offered a range of options, some provided by the school, some by other approved providers," it says. Officials said this could include private tuition.

It also suggests that high-flying pupils should be allowed to sit exams early and progress to the next year if they are clever enough — calling for a generation of schools focused on "stage not age". (Telegraph)

Let's cut to the chase here - the educational establishment is finally realising after forty years of failure that the one size fits all comprehensive system doesn't work. So they intend to spend billions creating literally millions of individual learning plans commanded and controlled from above. It is equivalent of David (Miliband or Cameron - I forget which is which) madly believing that he should control what each individual shopper buys each week (oh wait they do believe that). There is a simpler way. In politically acceptable speech it is called "subsidiarity", give the decision back to the pupils and the parents, get the government out of the way. Or even simpler, in a slogan that even Dave might understand - "SCHOOL VOUCHERS"


"Pupils would be able to choose what they study, ask each other for help in answering questions, mark their own work and grade their teachers’ performance"
Does this translate to "we have no idea how to teach children and we don't know what 'teach' means"?

School vouchers are a good solution but need to be backed by scrapping a lot of regulations. It needs to be possible for anyone to be able to open and run a school of any size. Any regulation will strangle competition from current state schools.

For my children I would be very happy for my children to go to a school run from someone's garage if they got the education I wanted.

'ambitious government plans'..... Mr Englishman's Castle this sounds like a challenge! I feel a part2 coming on, first I am going for a lie down in a darkened room to compose myself.

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