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    Is this the beginning of the end, for BSF?

    Coalition agrees on free schools

    You can download the document that outlines the Coalition deal here
    Last edited by AngryITGuy; 20th May 2010 at 12:27 PM.

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    It will be interesting to find out if FREE schools get any capital funding for new buildings or the conversion of existing buildings & where the funding comes from?

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    Got a feeling this may be too late for us in terms of the ICT side of BSF, but since there is no "spade in the ground" and certainly tnoplanning permission, the proposed merger / new build may very well be no longer on the cards..

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    Quote from Coalition document:

    We will create more flexibility in the exams systems so that state schools can offer qualifications like the iGCSE
    I don't know what an iGCSE is but it already sounds way cooler than a normal GCSE

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    @AngryITGuy:

    It could be after yesterday I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Got a feeling this may be too late for us in terms of the ICT side of BSF, but since there is no "spade in the ground" and certainly tnoplanning permission, the proposed merger / new build may very well be no longer on the cards..
    We are in a similar situation plans have been drawn up for the new school and they have yet to be signed off, the whole "spade in the ground" isn't happening till early next year so its still up in the air.

    School has yet to sign up to the LEA Managed Service Solution but we have been told that the funding for our wave of schools is secure.

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    Read somewhere that any schemes that have not reached Finacial Close will be in jeopardy and will not be guaranteed...only time will tell!

    Link to BSF progress so far which shows which have Financial Close and which have not: Partnerships for Schools:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @AngryITGuy:

    It could be after yesterday I think?
    You weren't there were you?

    I am waiting for the Head Teacher to forward me a copy of the minutes as he wasn't there yesterday, should make for some interesting reading.

    Fingers crossed were still on for next week, I'm looking forward to a afternoon out of school on Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryITGuy View Post
    Quote from Coalition document:



    I don't know what an iGCSE is but it already sounds way cooler than a normal GCSE
    International GCSE, at present not supported in state schools, but popular with private schools.... supposed to be internationally recognised. I suppose it would be useful for all of our secondary school students who wish to further their education abroad

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryITGuy View Post
    We are in a similar situation plans have been drawn up for the new school and they have yet to be signed off, the whole "spade in the ground" isn't happening till early next year so its still up in the air.

    School has yet to sign up to the LEA Managed Service Solution but we have been told that the funding for our wave of schools is secure.
    I'm in the same situation, provisional plans have been drawn up, but we will be losing lots of space if it goes ahead. Also got told that funding is already secure by the head here

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    International GCSE, at present not supported in state schools, but popular with private schools.... supposed to be internationally recognised. I suppose it would be useful for all of our secondary school students who wish to further their education abroad
    Not just "supposed" to be internationally recognised, it is recognised :-)

    They're only used normally in schools outside the UK and there's a feeling that they're "better" than the UK based exams so it's not just about the fact that other countries will recognise them it's more that students from other countries can come here and show that they've done exams that we recognise.

    I should declare an interest - I am slightly involved in the setting process for the International A Levels set by Cambridge.

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    I was told the other day that it looks like if you're not past the planning approval stage then BSF is unlikely to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    International GCSE, at present not supported in state schools, but popular with private schools.... supposed to be internationally recognised. I suppose it would be useful for all of our secondary school students who wish to further their education abroad
    I had started tho think it was another Steve Jobs brainwave - lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryITGuy View Post
    Fingers crossed were still on for next week, I'm looking forward to a afternoon out of school on Thursday.
    It's still on for next Thursday up to now - I certainly haven't heard any different.

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    It is looking shaky at the least.
    Cornwall BSF is officially on hold - featured on BBC local news yesterday yet unsuprisingly not being shouted about in more local / LA terms

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