Tuesday 20 August 2019
Students in Alderney stand to benefit from the improvements being made to education as a result of the Education Transformation Programme being led by the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture.
The States' Resolutions of January 2018 do not bring St Anne's School in Alderney within the ambit of the single 11-18 School in Guernsey. This is because, after discussion with the then Alderney Representatives in the States of Deliberation, it was considered that, at least for the time being, the people of Alderney would prefer their school to retain its current governance arrangements with a view to revisiting this in the context of the development of a new Education Law. Nevertheless, the Committee's determination to extend opportunity and promote excellence for all applies equally to Alderney.
For example, the Committee is exploring ways to use technology to maximise the opportunities available to students. Immersive classroom technology may be introduced as a result of the proposed investment in digital services. Lessons could then run across sites, including potentially at St Anne's School in Alderney and either of the two colleges (Victor Hugo College and de Saumarez College) in the 11-18 Lisia School in Guernsey or at The Guernsey Institute. This could enable a wider range of courses to be offered in Alderney, giving students more options and offering the school more flexibility. This may also provide more opportunities for post-16 students to be able to study more flexibly where it is beneficial to them.
The proposed funding for implementation of the Digital Roadmap includes a significant allocation for investment in staff training and development, which will include staff at St Anne's School. The Lisia School leadership team are keen to work closely with St Anne's School, including on curriculum development, sharing of resources and training and development opportunities.
The current smaller secondary schools in Guernsey, which inevitably have smaller staff teams in each subject, can struggle to support St Anne's School. In the larger colleges the larger staff teams will be more resilient and have greater capacity to support St Anne's School if the need arises.
The Committee remains committed to ensuring that all primary-age pupils have the opportunity to learn to swim as part of their core education and will carry out a review of swimming pools across the education estate with a view to developing an objective, fair and affordable policy to be applied across the whole primary phase in Guernsey and Alderney.
St Anne's School will be included in competitions and events organised by the new Lisia School wherever possible.
In addition, some of the changes being made, which are general to the whole system of education, will apply equally to Alderney and will be of benefit in the same way they will be of benefit to Guernsey. For example, work to develop and add greater consistency of content and sequencing of learning to the Bailiwick Curriculum; the introduction of Attainment 8 at Key Stage 4 (GCSE level) and changes to measuring progress between Key Stages; and the introduction of new and more rigorous school inspection arrangements.
The voice of students in Alderney has been heard as often as possible through the Youth Shadow Committee established in September 2018 to discuss aspects of the Transformation Programme and students' valuable input on behalf of their peers has helped shape some of the Committee's ideas and proposals.
Kevin Gentle, St Anne's School Management Committee and Liaison to the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:
"I welcome this investment which will allow our students to access new and innovative learning opportunities, whilst also providing greater opportunity for staff training and development. I look forward to the Committee's visit in October."
The Committee will be in Alderney in October, including visiting St Anne's School. This will provide another opportunity to discuss how the education reforms now under way can be made to benefit St Anne's School, its students and teachers.