Coalition agrees on free schools
You can download the document that outlines the Coalition deal here
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?
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..
Quote from Coalition document:
I don't know what an iGCSE is but it already sounds way cooler than a normal GCSE :cool:Quote:
We will create more flexibility in the exams systems so that state schools can offer qualifications like the iGCSE
It could be after yesterday I think? ;)
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.
Read somewhere that any schemes that have not reached Finacial Close will be in jeopardy and will not be guaranteed...only time will tell! :confused:
Link to BSF progress so far which shows which have Financial Close and which have not: Partnerships for Schools:
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.
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.
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.
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