From September, the four mainstream secondary schools will be taking in all-ability year groups. This will allow all children in the future to be provided with similar opportunities at each secondary school. In order to ensure that all schools and post-16 environments are centres of excellence, the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture have recently developed a new behaviour policy as well as a policy to help stretch high-attaining students and to support lower-attaining students.
- All schools currently work hard to promote good behaviour but the behaviour policy aims to support them further by setting our clearer expectations of the standards expected of students. The behaviour policy states that:
- all students should behave well and show courtesy towards teachers, other staff and each other;
- parents should encourage their children to behave well and support the school to manage student behaviour;
- all staff in schools should model the highest standards of behaviour and professionalism in the workplace; and
- head teachers should help create a culture of good behaviour in school by requiring staff to manage student behaviour consistently across the school and in varying situations.
- Further information can be found at www.gov.gg/behaviourpolicy
Meeting the needs of all learners
- The Committee forEducation, Sport & Culture is committed to working with schools to promote the highest possible academic standards during and after the transition to one 11-18 school, operating in two colleges.
- In recognition of the fact that Guernsey is to have its first all-ability cohort in secondary schools from September, the Committee has introduced a policy directly relating to the highest-attaining students. The new policy is intended to ensure that such students are challenged and supported to meet the highest levels of achievement throughout their education. A flexible approach is to be taken in relation to all students, reflecting the fact that they develop at different paces and performance can vary during a school career.
- Further information can be found at www.gov.gg/learnersneeds
How are we improving our schools?
- From September, schools and colleges in Guernsey and Alderney will be inspected by Ofsted. Until then - for the academic year 2018/19 - they will be inspected by Terry Carr Consultancy using the current inspection framework which was developed by Education Scotland.
- Since its election in February 2018, the Committee forEducation, Sport & Culture has explored various options for future inspections and has spoken to several inspectorates as well as taking into account the views of Headteachers.
- Ofsted is a very experienced inspector of state schools and is well placed to provide all stakeholders with assessments of how our schools are performing. Throughout the last academic year, the Committee has been working with Ofsted to develop an inspection framework that is fully relevant to local circumstances, including self-evaluation which has been a very important part of previous inspection systems. It also plays a key role in ensuring that schools and colleges are continuously adapting and improving to suit the needs of the Bailiwick's children and young people.
Bailiwick of Guernsey Curriculum
- The Bailiwick's 'Big Picture Curriculum' was written with a view to prepare the children and young people of our islands for the opportunities and challenges of living in the 21st century. All children and young people should have the same opportunities and entitlement. Through the 'Big Picture Curriculum', students will gradually understand the world of work.
- The Committee is continuing to work with professionals, including Mick Walters, to further develop the curriculum.
- Further information can be found at www.gov.gg/curriculum