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    Assisted places are back

    Hatched by Thatcher, axed by Blair!
    Blair said it was elitist and a waste of public funds; this scheme gets round those arguments completely as businesses would sponsor pupils at fee-paying schools, either completely or heavily discounted. Affluent pupils would not be able to gain access as they did under the original scheme.

    Businesses will pay school fees for 1000 bright state pupils a year | Mail Online

    No bigotry from this government, just good old common sense to teach brighter pupils the subjects which so many state schools are avoiding - science, maths and modern languages - the springboard for places at the best universities.

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    Re: Assisted places are back

    Quote Originally Posted by soloman View Post
    Hatched by Thatcher, axed by Blair!
    Blair said it was elitist and a waste of public funds; this scheme gets round those arguments completely as businesses would sponsor pupils at fee-paying schools, either completely or heavily discounted. Affluent pupils would not be able to gain access as they did under the original scheme.

    Businesses will pay school fees for 1000 bright state pupils a year | Mail Online

    No bigotry from this government, just good old common sense to teach brighter pupils the subjects which so many state schools are avoiding - science, maths and modern languages - the springboard for places at the best universities.
    I am very surprised that this thread hasn't been inundated with comments - both for and against! It is a highly emotive subject usually, with strong feelings!

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    Re: Assisted places are back

    Quote Originally Posted by manrow View Post
    I am very surprised that this thread hasn't been inundated with comments - both for and against! It is a highly emotive subject usually, with strong feelings!
    I've only just noticed it, that's why!

    I'm all for it and think it's a great idea. There are just as many potentially very bright pupils from the middle and lower income groups as there are from families at the top end, and I've always thought it a great shame that the vast majority of them don't get the opportunity to excel at school, something this scheme will hopefully do. I know there's a great debate between state versus public schools, but the statistics, and my own experience at having put both my son, daughter and step-daughter through private education, do show that people coming out from public schools are not only better educated with regard to academic subjects, but they have a far better grasp of life generally. Isn't that what we all want really?

    I wish that our state education system could identify the potential of pupils at an early age and tailor their learning to suit their individual capabilities, rather than (simplistically) lumping them all together and teaching them to an average level though, obviating the need for most to even consider private education. By having far more efficient streaming, coupled with several different grades of school for children ranging from the very academic through to those who were simply good with their hands, we'd surely be bringing out the best in them and ensuring that whatever their career destiny in life was, they'd be the best prepared for it as they could be. Add to that a return to the old type polytechnic system where there was a far greater emphasis made on links with local businesses for apprentice-type schemes, as well as reverting the remaining universities to teaching the more academic and science/engineering subjects, we'd be on the way to ensuring the next generation was actually equipped for work, and probably far better socially able too!
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    Re: Assisted places are back

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    I've only just noticed it, that's why!

    I'm all for it and think it's a great idea. There are just as many potentially very bright pupils from the middle and lower income groups as there are from families at the top end, and I've always thought it a great shame that the vast majority of them don't get the opportunity to excel at school, something this scheme will hopefully do. I know there's a great debate between state versus public schools, but the statistics, and my own experience at having put both my son, daughter and step-daughter through private education, do show that people coming out from public schools are not only better educated with regard to academic subjects, but they have a far better grasp of life generally. Isn't that what we all want really?

    I wish that our state education system could identify the potential of pupils at an early age and tailor their learning to suit their individual capabilities, rather than (simplistically) lumping them all together and teaching them to an average level though, obviating the need for most to even consider private education. By having far more efficient streaming, coupled with several different grades of school for children ranging from the very academic through to those who were simply good with their hands, we'd surely be bringing out the best in them and ensuring that whatever their career destiny in life was, they'd be the best prepared for it as they could be. Add to that a return to the old type polytechnic system where there was a far greater emphasis made on links with local businesses for apprentice-type schemes, as well as reverting the remaining universities to teaching the more academic and science/engineering subjects, we'd be on the way to ensuring the next generation was actually equipped for work, and probably far better socially able too!
    Most of the commonsense moves you propose Midas, could be accomplished without vaste expenditure or the arrival of yet more dreaded 'initiatives'. Education in recent years has always had an abundance of iniatitives, which seemed to work well when directed by local authority education advisers, but it was a different story when schools were left to take the ideas on board but with no extra funding being made available.

    Roll on Assisted Places especially at no extra cost to the public direct!

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