Our recommendations deliver an inclusive education system with the best interests of our children and young people at its heart.
We are committed to improving educational outcomes and that's our number one reason for the changes we are recommending.
We feel strongly that every young person must have equality of opportunity to access a broad, rich, engaging, challenging curriculum and that everyone has the chance to reach their full potential.
The Committee is recommending:
An inclusive Sixth Form College
Offering all full-time courses for 16 to 19 year olds including A Levels, International Baccalaureate and full-time vocational, applied and technical courses on the Les Varendes site. The Sixth Form College will deliver courses from Entry Level to Level 3 (all levels up to A Level equivalent) and so provide pathways for students with special educational needs and those who may need to retake GCSEs or other Level 2 qualifications.
Students will also be able to move up and progress through the levels if they need to. Students following this pathway will be able to stay at the Sixth Form College beyond the age of 19 if they wish and if it was beneficial to them.
A Further and Higher Education Institute
Providing learning opportunities for those who have already chosen a course that is delivered in a work-place environment, or they have started work and seek additional skills to support their career pathway. It will provide all part-time, work-related training, which includes the Apprenticeship Scheme, further and higher education and other part-time courses.
The Further and Higher Education Institute will initially work in close partnership with the GTA University Centre and Institute of Health & Social Care Studies with a view to creating the Guernsey University College in the longer term. The Committee will set up a working group with all relevant providers to look at this in detail.
Three all-ability 11-16 secondary schools.
The current St Sampson's High, the current Les Beaucamps High and a new school built next to the existing La Mare de Carteret High School.
These schools will have between 5 and 8 forms of entry in each year and will have a minimum of 600 and a maximum of 1,000 pupils in line with independent research on optimal secondary school size. The three schools will have an all-ability intake and will provide equality of access to a broad curriculum. Pupils will be grouped by ability in some subjects where it best meets their needs. Pupils will not need to move between schools to access this broad curriculum.
More flexible placement for those with special education needs
There will be greater flexibility of school placement for those with special educational needs with further regard paid to the wishes of parents/carers in where they feel their child would best be placed. This could be through providing direct support in mainstream school. Every child's placement would be considered on an individual basis through professional discussion in consultation with parents/carers. All the recommendations support the aims of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy and comply with the UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We have published all our recommendations in our Policy Letter which can downloaded from this page. There are also a number of appendices and a useful Frequently Asked Questions document which provides answers to some of the questions you may have.
We will continue to update this page with further information and responses to questions and concerns in the run up to the States debate which we hope will be scheduled for the meeting starting on December 13th.
You may find the following video from UCAS helpful. It explains how different qualifications such as BTECs are now being widely accepted for entrance to higher education/degree level courses.
Our Original Proposals Document July 2017
- This is what we published in July 2017.
- We produced a video outlining our proposals
Transforming Education [480kb]
Appendix 1 Previous States Resolutions [290kb]
Appendix 2 Transition to the new secondary school [229kb]
Appendix 3 Example families [111kb]
Appendix 4 Pupil Population Projections [709kb]
Appendix 5 Comparison of Options 1 & 2 [415kb]
Appendix 6 Proposed Education Building Programme [223kb]
Appendix 7 Comparison of Building Costs of Options 1 & 2 [256kb]
Appendix 8a Comparison of Operating Costs [225kb]
Appendix 8b Financial Modelling Assumptions [285kb]