Not good enough

8th December 2000 at 00:00
BRIBING colleges to increase their A-level pass rates must have seemed like a wizard wheeze when some bright spark at the Further Education Funding Council thought it up. But mention the scheme at Hills Road sixth-form college in Cambridge at your peril, as the Standards Fund cash is highly unlikely to come its way.

It's not that the college isn't trying. It's just that pass rates have to increase by at least 2 per cent to qualify for the scheme - and the fiure at Hills Road is already 98 per cent.

Despite protests, FEFC mandarins are determined to stick to the actual letter, rather than the spirit, of the regulations.

Principal Colin Greenhalgh - who says he is not "an angry old man" - is not happy that improvement is being rewarded at the expense of sustained performance. No doubt the Learning and Skills Council will take up the matter with appropriate zeal when it replaces the FEFC in April.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now