Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Education, Health and Care Plans in Buckinghamshire

by Carol Linton on 16 January, 2018

  Education, Health and Care Plans were introduced in 2014 to identify additional support requirements for children and young adults up to 25 years of age. They aim to be more robust than the previous Special Education Needs (SEN) assessments and cover a wider age range. Bucks County Council has been struggling to convert 100 […]

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Early Help

by Carol Linton on 17 October, 2017

The Early Years Care Proposal Page 187 decision by Buckinghamshire to stop funding all the Children’s Centres in Bucks has to be reviewed after opposition from some councillors. You can contact the local county councillors with your comments. Lin Hazell ([email protected]) and Dev Dhillon ([email protected]). The cut down service will save £3M pa and concentrate the Early Help services around 9 hubs, one […]

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Tory Manifesto education statements

by Carol Linton on 20 May, 2017

The Tory manifesto includes some very debatable statements on education. ‘We will provide greater support for teachers in the preparation of lessons and marking,’ This used to be done by having free periods, but that seems to have gone, whilst doubling the size of 6th form classes. ‘We will prohibit councils from creating any new […]

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Nick Clegg attacks the Tory policy to cut free school lunches and the promise of new selective schools Here. Grammar schools in Buckinghamshire penalizes children who can’t afford private primary schools or at least private tuition for several years https://beaconsfield.focusteam.org.uk/2017/04/03/secondary-schools-facts-and-figures/.

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768 3-4 year-olds in Buckinghamshire would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in 2015-16. This […]

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School funding in Buckinghamshire

by Carol Linton on 19 May, 2017

Lib Dems will invest £23.9M to protect school funding in Buckinghamshire. The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £27.7 more in schools and colleges in Buckinghamshire over the next parliament. The funding for Buckinghamshire would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out […]

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Secondary Schools – facts and figures

by Carol Linton on 3 April, 2017

Buckinghamshire council is very proud of its grammar schools. They deliver a highly academic education, leading to good universities and well paid jobs. Many of them have excellent Ofsted ratings. Around 42% of children in state secondary schools in the county go to grammar schools rather than the non-selective alternatives. Some of these non-selective schools […]

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Grammar Schools

by Carol Linton on 28 March, 2017

Top State schools dominated by the richest families Education Secretary Justine Greening on grammar schools Most grammar schools have very few disadvantages pupils, so those pupils cannot benefit from the academic education. In South Bucks, large numbers of pupils ( I heard 40% from somewhere) go to private schools so that they pass the 11 […]

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School Funding

by Carol Linton on 28 March, 2017

The heads of all secondary schools in Buckinghamshire have sent a letter to all parents asking them to lobby MPs. There has been no increase in the per-pupil funding rate and no plans to increase it in the future, meaning that all cost increases are unfunded. The Education Service Grant (ESG) was reduced and has […]

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Sustainable School Transport draft report

by Carol Linton on 28 March, 2017

On March 22nd, the report on Sustainable School Transport was published in draft by Bucks County Council. They found that  Bucks lead the way nationally on School Transport Plans (STP)  2/3 of school were actively engaged  Car use had remained at 30% for the last 5 years.  However, the staff working on STP had been […]

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