Veritas Party Policy
Education Policy Development Group
We seek individuals with a passion for education, and who are sympathetic with our party’s beliefs and values, to join the policy development group for EDUCATION and help develop policy for this important area of our policy portfolio. Experience of having worked in the education sector will be an obvious advantage. The group will be expected to become fully conversant with the range of educational provision in theUK and, with reference to the party’s beliefs, values and identified policy objectives, develop proposals for improvement. It is expected that this work will involve analysis of successful education provision in other countries; and, commensurate with the Veritas approach of detailed and systemic analysis and problem-solving, discussion with relevant ‘stakeholders’ in the education, business and industrial sectors.
The group will report to the party’s Strategy and Policy Committee.
This first stage is to identify the objectives that our policy should meet, not the detail of the policy. We are trying to portray a vision of what a Veritas world would be like.
Policies to make reference to, and be consistent with, the party's beliefs and values.
From Veritas Core Values:
We value and support the importance of life-long learning and training in providing each citizen with the opportunity to provide for the needs of his family, for intellectual and spiritual growth and the acquisition of craft skills, to form the basis of informed and responsible citizenship and to make a contribution to the well-being of the nation. As we provide for the nation, so the nation provides for us. We encourage a national culture of personal development through education and training, which will provide opportunity for citizens to accept responsibility for their welfare and the fulfilment of their aspirations through employment, the pursuit of interests and community service. We believe that it is the task of government to provide an environment in which citizens are enabled to fully develop their skills and talents in the service of creativity and enterprise – both for themselves and to make a contribution to the life of the nation as a whole; and in this context we place importance on the provision of access to life-long education and training for citizens.
Here are some issues to think about:
Education of excluded pupils
Ability – streaming, setting. Mixed ability classes.
Types of schools
Provision for special needs
Curriculum (inc problem-solving and teamwork skills, understanding British heritage and culture, sustainable international development and principles of mutuality. Basic instruction on British and global economies.)
Assessment and examinations
Teacher Training and Teaching Standards
% going to university
Science and Technology
Registration of educational establishments
Inspection of educational establishments
Role of state in education?
Good schools and bad schools. How are they defined? What makes a good school; what makes a bad school?
Access for people returning to education
Policy objectives need to align education provision with needs of the economy and a caring and culturally rich civic society.
Extra-curricular activity to develop character, team work and community.
The commitment to education: replacing ‘trendy ideas with those traditional methods that produce meaningful results’ is a bit of a vacuous statement. How about ‘Veritas is committed to raising standards in education by creating a greater choice appropriate to children’s aptitudes and abilities, and by giving schools greater autonomy in delivering the education and developing a supportive ethos of discipline and achievement.’
‘Veritas is committed….and by giving schools greater flexibility in delivering a wider, more comprehensive education to enable them to become fulfilled individuals and responsible citizen’s; developing a supportive ethos of discipline and achievement.’
Here are some proposals for policy objectives to get you started. Please study these and circulate comments for additions, amendments and deletions. The deadline for submissions is 05 June 2012.
EDUCATION POLICY OBJECTIVES
The aim should be to ensure that each and every individual benefits from their time in education by receiving the education that is appropriate to their aptitude and ability. Education is one of life’s great opportunities. Don’t try and force youngsters to do something that they can’t do – find something that they can do. Veritas will end mixed ability classes, and encourage setting, streaming and selection as means to ensuring that children are receiving education appropriate to their needs.
A mix of publicly-funded, privately-funded and independent education to be encouraged. A National Curriculum to be developed that defines core curriculum areas to be followed by all schools.
All educational establishments to be registered, and those in receipt of public funding to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Schools will be governed by parents and teaching staff, and will have the independence to develop their own ethos focused on discipline, community and achievement.
Remove all references to the political doctrine of multiculturalism, encouraging instead an understanding and appreciation of the heritage, traditions and institutions of the nations of theUnited Kingdom. There should be a strong emphasis on the teaching of British history, civic institutions and citizenship – with particular emphasis on cultural, economic, technological and social development;
The curriculum should encourage a global perspective utilising some knowledge of global history, cultural and economic development, the topic of sustainable development and projections of global change; and the acquisition of the skills to live and work in an increasingly inter-dependent world.
The needs of children with a lack of proficiency in the English language must be met in a way that does not impede the educational progress of children whose proficiency is at an acceptable standard.
Restore discipline in the classroom. Persistently unruly pupils to be removed, and required to attend locations set up to manage their education under special supervision. Teaching staff to be supported in their task of ensuring good discipline in the classroom.
Poor teacher performance to be identified and corrective action taken.
Teamwork, shared problem solving and creative thinking to be promoted in the classroom and in extra-curricular activity. Extra-curricular activity to promote the development of good character.
Science and technology curriculum to be designed in consultation with the science and technology sector to ensure employment needs are being more closely met.
Abandon the target of 50% of school-leavers to go on to University education and the suggestion that pupils stay in education until the age of 18. Instead ensure that each young person is encouraged along a path of development that is appropriate to their aptitudes and ability and prospects for employment, with post-16 education providing opportunity for a mix of academic, vocational and craft courses.
Some degree level courses to be shortened to two years? State funding of universities to be biased towards the delivery of courses that will most benefit the national economy.
Education policy to ensure that provision is made, and access is available, for lifelong learning.
Education should be made available to people with special needs either in mainstream provision or special provision as appropriate for the needs of the person.
If anyone has any comments or is interested in assisting us in this hugely important area, please contact the Director of Policy and Strategy at info.veritas-party.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
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