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EDUCATIONAL NEWS FROM THE INDEPENDENT i      JUNE 1ST 2013

BY  :  LEWIS SMITH 

SWEDISH   FREE  SCHOOLS  CLOSE  DOWN

ONE OF THE LARGEST FREE SCHOOL OPERATORS IN SWEDEN IS TO SHUT DOWN , RAISING FURTHER DOUBTS ABOUT CONSERVATIVE HOPES OF LETTING PRIVATE COMPANIES RUN BRITISH FREE SCHOOLS  FOR PROFIT .

THREE OF THE SCHOOLS RUN BY JB EDUCATION IN SWEDEN ARE TO CLOSE  AND THE OTHER 19 ARE TO BE SOLD AFTER PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP AXCEL ,THE PARENT COMPANY WHICH BOUGHT THEM IN 2008 , DECIDED THAT THE LOSSES WERE TOO SUBSTANTIAL ” IT IS EXTREMELY REGRETTABLE THAT IT WILL AFFECT THE STUDENTS” , JB EDUCATION `S CHIEF EXECUTIVE , ANDERS HULTIN WAS QUOTED AS SAYING YESTERDAY.

YESTERDAY  TEACHING UNIONS IN BRITAIN SAID THAT THE SWEDISH EXPERIENCE DEMONSTRATED HOW INAPPROPRIATE IT IS TO ALLOW SCHOOLS TO RUN FOR PROFIT .

CHRISTINE BLOWERS, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS , SAID ; A PRIVATE COMPANY `S FIRST LOYALTY IS TO SHAREHOLDERS , NOT PUPILS OR PARENTS. IF A SCHOOL ISN`T PROFITABLE , IT WILL EITHER CUT CORNERS OR , IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO , CLOSE IT DOWN .

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N A S U W T  THE TEACHERS UNION   WITH   UNISON    

PUBLIC MEETING  TUESDAY 29TH JANUARY 2013 AT 7-30 PM 

MENUHIN ROOM , PORTSMOUTH CENTRAL LIBARY , GUILDHALL SQUARE PORTSMOUTH

ACADEMIES ARE THE PRIVATISATION OF THE EDUCATION SERVICE .MANY HEAD TEACHERS AND GOVERNING BODIES SEE ACADEMIES AS THE ONLY WAY TO GET EXTRA MONEY TO MAINTAIN THEIR SCHOOLS .

PARENTS SHOULD BE WORRIED .ACADEMIES DO NOT HAVE TO EMPLOY QUALIFIED TEACHERS .ACADEMIES CAN SELECT WHICH PUPILS THEY WANT ON THE PREMISES . PARENTS WILL HAVE VERY LITTLE SAY OR RIGHTS  .

THIS PUBLIC MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED BY UNISON AND OTHER UNIONS ,TEACHERS ,AND PARENTS, TO HEAR THE TRUTH . A CITY -WIDE CAMPAIGN WILL BUILD TO SAVE AND IMPROVE EDUCATION IN THE CITY . PLEASE JOIN US !!

CONTACT  UNISON    : 02392 841998                  CONTACT   NASUWT    :  07908708717

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NUMBER OF ARTICLES HAVE APPEARED  IN  NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS FOCUSED ON  CRISIS SITUATIONS  THAT HAVE COME TO THE FORE IN EDUCATION.  HERE ARE SOME EXCERPS FROM EACH . READ THEM IN FULL TO GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT IS HAPPENING NATIONALLY .

MISSING:15,000 DID NOT APPLY FOR UNIVERSITY AFTER FEES HIKE.

FROM THE GUARDIAN 9TH AUGUST 2012  BY JEEVAN VASGAR EDUCATION EDITOR

THE INCREASE IN TUITION FEES TO A MAXIMUM OF £9,000 A YEAR HAS LED TO A “CLEAR DROP” IN THE NUMBER OF ENGLISH STUDENTS APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY PLACES THIS AUTUMN ,AN INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE COALITION`S  CONTROVERSIAL REFORM HAS FOUND.

THERE ARE 15000 “MISSING ” APPLICANTS WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPECTED TO HAVE SOUGHT A PLACE ON A DEGREE COURSE THIS ACADEMIC YEAR BUT DID NOT ,ACCORDING TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON FEES.

GOVE SET TO FACE GRILLING BY MPS OVER GCSE GRADES STORM .

FROM THE OBSERVER 2ND SEPTEMBER 2012  BY TOBY HELM  AND CONAL URQUHART

MPS  ARE POISED TO LAUNCH A CROSS -PARTY INQUIRY INTO THE GCSE MARKING FIASCO THIS WEEK AS THE DISPUTE OVER “GRADE DEFLATION ” THREATENS TO OVERSHADOW AND DISRUPT THE RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.

THE PARTY INQUIRY THAT WOULD SUMMON THE EDUCATION SECRETARY MICHAEL GOVE TO GIVE EVIDENCE LOOKS ALL BUT INEVITABLE AFTER THE ONLY LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MP ON THE EDUCATION SELECT COMMITTEE ,DAVID WARD JOINED LABOUR AND TORY MPS IN SUPPORTING CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION.

MPS HAVE BEEN BOMBARDED WITH COMPLAINTS FROM FURIOUS TEACHERS AND PARENTS AFTER TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ,WHO HAD BEEN EXPECTING C GRADES -THE CRUCIAL LEVEL FOR ENTRY ON TO MANY A-LEVEL AND FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES WERE UNEXPECTEDLY GIVEN D GRADES.

LESLEY DAVIES THE DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES ,SAID : THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT A STUDENTS ENGLISH GRADE CAN IMPACT ON WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES.

GOVE IS ALSO UNDER PRESSURE TO SHOW THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF FREE SCHOOLS IS ON TRACK . SOME 51 OF THE SCHOOLS -ESTABLISHED BY PARENTS OR OTHERS IN RESPONSE TO LOCAL  DEMAND -WERE  DUE TO OPEN THIS WEEK .HOWEVER, 5 ON THE LIST ; PARKFIELD SCHOOL BOURNEMOUTH , COMPASS FREE SCHOOL SOUTHWARK, ONE IN A MILLION SCHOOL BRADFORD ,SWANAGE SCHOOL DORSET AND PIMLICO PRIMARY IN LONDON WILL NOT NOW OPEN.

GOVE ACCUSED OVER FREE SCHOOL CASH

FROM THE GUARDIAN 31ST AUGUST 2012 BY CAROLINE DAVIES

THE GOVERNMENT HAS WASTED AT LEAST £2.3 M ON FREE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE EITHER NOT OPENED OR LACKED LOCAL SUPPORT FROM PARENTS ,AND THE TRUE FIGURE COULD BE FAR HIGHER ,ACCORDING TO LABOUR.

ATTACKING THE EDUCATION SECRETARY MICHAEL GOVE ,AS “INCOMPETENT AND OUT OF TOUCH ” HIS LABOUR SHADOW ,STEPHEN TWIGG CALLED FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY OVER FUNDING FOR FREE SCHOOLS – ONE OF THE COALITION`S  FLAGSHIP REFORMS .

MICHAEL ROSEN LETTER FROM A CURIOUS PARENT.

FROM THE GUARDIAN 7TH AUGUST 2012 BY MICHAEL ROSEN

`UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS WILL OPERATE MACHINES IN THE MILLS THAT WILL MANUFACTURE THE SCHOOLED CHILDREN`

DEAR MR GOVE ,AS RUMOURS SWIRL ABOUT CONCERNING YOUR POSSIBLE DEPARTURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ,IT`S DIFFICULT TO KNOW IF THIS IS AN END OF YEAR OR AN END OF SCHOOL REPORT.EITHER WAY ,PARENTS, PUPILS AND MOST PEOPLE WHO WORK IN EDUCATION STAY AT THE SCHOOL WHEEL LONGER THAN ANY SECRETARY OF STATE .WE SEE YOU COME AND GO LIKE SWALLOWS ,EACH ONE OF YOU DETERMINED TO MAKE YOUR MARK ON AN INSTITUTION  THAT IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF MAKING IT`S OWN MARKS, IF GIVEN THE CHANCE.

SO IT IS THAT IT DOESN`T SEEM TO HAVE WORRIED THE FOURTH ESTATE TOO MUCH THAT YOU HAVE FOUND SOME SMALL PRINT THAT SEEMS TO GIVE YOU AND YOU ALONE THE POWER TO REMOVE LOCALLY ELECTED PEOPLE FROM  THE RUNNING  OF A SCHOOL , THAT YOU AND YOU ALONE BECOME THAT AUTHORITY ,NOR, UNDER COVER OF THE OLYMPIC HOO -HA ,HAVE JUST FUNDAMENTALLY ALTERED THE TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS . YOU HAVE UNLEASHED ON OUR CHILDREN A NEW GENRE : THE UNQUALIFIED TEACHER .MAYBE IN YOUR NEXT JOB YOU WILL FOLLOW THIS UP BY GIVING US UNQUALIFIED LAWYERS ,UNQUALIFIED SURVEYORS ,UNQUALIFIED STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ,UNQUALIFIED NURSES AND UNQUALIFIED DOCTORS.

DISCUSS…….DISCUSS…..DISCUSS……DISCUSS…….DISCUSS…….DISCUSS……..DISCUSS……DISCUSS

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