Have a central Isle of Man College/UCM site for 6th form A level

Focus all 16-18 year olds in one Centre of Excellence at a central Isle of Man College/UCM site for 6th form for A level.

Why teach subjects in very small classes in all of the different schools for A level? 

A wider spectrum of subjects can be offered at a centralised location.

Consider merging the Secondary Schools and stopping at GCSE year

Focus in one Centre of Excellence. 

Teachers can be deployed for 1 or 2 days a week from secondary schools if they are not required full time at the 6th form college.

Why the contribution is important

Cost savings for not running the same classes in every secondary school. 

These savings could be used to increase the number of The IOM College UCM becomes a feeder into UCM for their courses.

This would have a positive cycle effect for UCM, cost less to run courses.

Keep the young on Island.

by CastletownIOM on April 07, 2017 at 10:32AM

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  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 09, 2017 at 15:54

    Think this is a good idea as kids who go on to 6 th form are wanting to go into higher education and so are motivated to learn in the first place and presumably bright enough to do so,so larger classes are less of a problem and as you say,why run the same course concurrently in several schools? Maybe the teachers could give the more needy kids extra tuition or have smaller class sizes as a result of centralising 6 th form education with fewer teachers needed.Pity the College doesn't run more useful Degree courses such as Law instead of Manx History though,it may help even more to keep our young adults on Island.
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 10, 2017 at 16:05

    Supplemented by online courses MOOCs . In these days there is no reason why students should be in the same room as their teacher/ tutor.
  • Posted by keshvane April 12, 2017 at 13:46

    excellent idea. I would provide better transition for 16+ students and create better course availability. At present some students are moving between schools for their chosen subjects. Nowhere is too far from Douglas and it would make students more independent and mature.
  • Posted by Paula April 25, 2017 at 21:38

    This approach should have been taken by the Dept of Education years ago. It benefits the students by giving them more subject choice, specialist training without having to move schools, knowledge of other students going off island to study the in the same areas.

    It is financially beneficial to the Government.

    The only downside to this is that it the secondary schools budgets will be cut
  • Posted by MichelleH May 10, 2017 at 08:19

    Most subject teachers enjoy teaching their subject at A level particularly, because that's when they can really share their passion and enthusiasm for their specialist subject. Limiting secondary school teachers to teaching at GCSE would be a negative move. It's very hard to take teachers out of a school for a whole day, timetables just don't work like that. Equally, at A level, trying to put 5 hours of tuition all in one day for a subject would overwhelm the students. This idea has some merit for subjects that have lower numbers, but collaboration already happens between the schools. My son travels from CRHS to QE2 twice a week for A level computer studies (which is a shame as CRHS has better facilities!). Encouraging the expansion of choice at A level is important.
  • Posted by NorthernResident May 14, 2017 at 21:07

    I'd have to say that whilst this idea has some merit, I suspect a large number of teachers would resign and move off-island if it went ahead.

    As @MichelleH says (above) many of us enjoy teaching our A level students and would not be happy if this was taken away from us. Also, having older students within the school helps create a goos atmosphere and the sixth formers, generally, act as role models for the younger students.

    I have taught at schools (across) that only went up to Year 11 and did not enjoy it as much as in schools that cover the full age range. I doubt I am alone in this.
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