We need a system which supports our new comprehensive, all-ability model of education. This is all the more important given that selection by academic ability into secondary schools in Guernsey ended in 2018. This new model of comprehensive education will allow us to deliver against our education strategy to ensure that no child gets left behind.
We know that there is still inbuilt inequity in the current model, due in part to the legacy of our school estate. Some of our school buildings and facilities are inadequate and not representative of what parents, carers, students or staff should expect from a modern system of education.
The world has also changed considerably over recent years, and further changes are predicted. We need to ensure we are delivering the best possible education for every young person, while also managing resources wisely.
Birth rates are declining in Guernsey, and in turn, the number of students is dropping. This means that we are running some of our schools with relatively small numbers of students and the breadth of curriculum can differ from school to school. We know student numbers will increase briefly in the next couple of years before dropping off quite sharply. But we also know that the States is considering how best to arrest the population decline, so we need a system that is flexible enough to adapt to an increase in student numbers in the future.
The world of work is changing and so are educational needs. We need to ensure our future generations are best placed to succeed in their personal and professional lives, which will enable the wider Bailiwick to continue to be an attractive place to live and work with a good standard of living for all.
The States of Deliberation considered all of these factors when deciding on the future model for Secondary and Post-16 education. The chosen model fulfils the guiding principles that were established by the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture based on feedback from staff surveys.