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Post-16 campus 'myths' busted in booklet published today

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Thursday 05 October 2023

In the lead up to this month's States meeting, which will include the Assembly debating which infrastructure projects are progressed, a booklet has been published today providing a range of facts about the creation of the post-16 campus at Les Ozouets.

The Education Office has produced the booklet on behalf of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture. It clarifies the cost of the campus and how that is divided between The Guernsey Institute, the Sixth Form Centre, and other elements of the Transforming Education Programme. It also explains some of the advantages of having the Sixth Form Centre on the site, provides information on using La Mare de Carteret as a temporary Sixth Form Centre while construction takes place at Les Ozouets, and why investment in the education estate is urgent.

The booklet has been published online at www.ourfuture.gg/education, but will also be shared with key stakeholders.

Director of Education, Nick Hynes, said:

'We fully recognise that education is something much of our community is very invested in, and we often receive questions about different elements of the transformation programme as a result of this. As such, we have put together this booklet to help the community understand some of the key elements of the model we are working towards, and also try to bust some myths we regularly hear.

'The post-16 campus is an exciting opportunity for Guernsey and Alderney and we must give everyone involved in education - our staff, students, parents and carers - certainty as soon as possible after years of debate.'

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:

'From the Committee's perspective it has been increasingly clear that there is a range of misunderstandings and inaccuracies being stated as fact about the States' plans for the re-organisation of secondary and post-16 education. Some are legitimate misunderstanding, however some opponents are I believe willfully misunderstanding. It is in that context that I asked the Education Office to produce a factual document to bust some myths.'

It, alongside much more information about the campus and the model, can be found on www.ourfuture.gg/education.

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