• Quango Axe Comes Down

    The BBC have published a list of organisations that are due to be cut as part of the public sector spending review. These organisations are supported by the government but not directly run by them (AKA Quangos).

    Of interest to those in the education sector are the following public bodies that will be cut:

    - General Teaching Council
    - Independant Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy
    - Qualification and curriculum Development Agency
    - School Food Trust

    Other public bodies at risk include the School Support Staff Negotiating Body and the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

    The BBC article, with accompanying PDF document listing the cuts and organisations under threat, is available here.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. skunk's Avatar
      skunk -
      Good news, our teenagers figured out how to get pregnant quite early on without our assistance.

    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      oooh quite glad to see the School Food Trust on that list, fine I am all for good healthy school meals etc but some of the the things our catering manager has to jump through to meet the ideals they came up with that seem to become legislative on school food are just wasting time and silly.
    1. broc's Avatar
      broc -
      I was hoping Partnership for Schools was for the shredder.....
    1. Butuz's Avatar
      Butuz -
      Ironic that the 3.5billion/year black hole that is the BBC are gloatingly publishing list's of quangos to be abolished.

      Mind you - not that I disagree.

      Independant Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy <-- not going a good job
      Qualification and curriculum Development Agency <-- just how much of a full time job is developing qualifications and curriculums???
      School Support Staff Negotiating Body <--- who??? what???? how?!?!?!
      School Food Trust <--- replace with (1) Jamie Oliver = save millions.

      Butuz
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
      School Support Staff Negotiating Body <--- who??? what???? how?!?!?!
      It was only set up last year, after 4 years of bitter arguments between unions, local authorities and the government. ie. it was that or the possibility of striking. So, this govt would rather have strikes.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
      Ironic that the 3.5billion/year black hole that is the BBC are gloatingly publishing list's of quangos to be abolished.

      Mind you - not that I disagree.

      Independant Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy <-- not going a good job
      Just imagine how bad it would be without it then ...
      Qualification and curriculum Development Agency <-- just how much of a full time job is developing qualifications and curriculums???
      It depends on how much and how frequently the Govt changes the goal posts.
      School Support Staff Negotiating Body <--- who??? what???? how?!?!?!
      They had just started to get going ... if the teachers have a pay review board then why shouldn't school support staff have one. Each LA is generally doing the single status thing on their own and there have been so many rants in here about how unfair and inconsistent pay is for techies and NMs in schools ... if we are going to go down the single status route (which it looks like it will hit everyone sooner or later) I would prefer it to be based on a national scheme rather than let each LA fsck it up on their own!
      School Food Trust <--- replace with (1) Jamie Oliver = save millions.
      Unfortunately there is only 1 Jamie Oliver ... (come might say 'fortunately', I know ..) and he does also have to earn cash too ... also, Govts will sometimes not like some outsider coming in and telling them how to do things ... unless they invite them in, of course ... better to have a Govt backed group to tell them how to do things ... it give politicians someone to blame then.
    1. CAM's Avatar
      CAM -
      Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
      I was hoping Partnership for Schools was for the shredder.....
      It's not being chopped into tiny pieces yet by Cameron's axe...but it it on the list of under threat schemes!

      As for the support workers scheme, I didn't even know they existed until I saw the list!
    1. jdoyle's Avatar
      jdoyle -
      Teacher's TV have just announced they are being axed as of April 2011. I'm hoping that the transition of content isn't about loading everything onto YouTube.
    1. torledo's Avatar
      torledo -
      Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
      So, this govt would rather have strikes.
      i don't follow...
      on the direct.gov.uk pdf it says under consideration -further negotiations with unions etc.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
      i don't follow...
      on the direct.gov.uk pdf it says under consideration -further negotiations with unions etc.
      It didn't when I looked at it! :S
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