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V417 - Independent Education Scholarship Voucher Bill 2012

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    As many are of the opinion, Aye
    On the contrary, No

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    B417 - Independent Education Scholarship Voucher Bill 2012, TSR Conservative and Unionist

    Because the TSR Conservative party believes it to be the responsibility of the state to ensure that a quality education is provided for all, whatever age, background or ability. This bill is designed to give parents more freedom over where to send their child.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1. Educational Vouchers

    (1.1) The Government shall provide funding for a child’s education for those between and including Nursery to the end of 6th form by way of a ‘virtual voucher’ if certain conditions are met (see 3.2 / 3.2.1).
    (1.2) Parents are able to send their children to the school of their choice, and shall be given the funding no matter the school or location (within England) .
    (1.3) For the purposes of this Act:
    (1.3.1) "household income" is defined as "total income earned by both (where applicable) parent(s) before income tax, in the case of a child living with each parent in separate households, the greater of the two incomes.

    2. Restrictions imposed by the vouchers

    (2.1) Entrance requirements shall be as follows:
    (2.1.2) State Schools are not able to set entrance requirements and must accept prospective students on a first come first serve basis.
    (2.1.3) State Grammar schools may set entrance requirements.
    (2.1.4) Independent schools are free to continue to set entrance requirements (e.g. interviews, entrance tests, and/or asking for proof of competency in Academic subjects, Music, Drama or Sport etc) depending on the viewpoint of the school. The decision of whom to accept lies at the discretion of the independent school.

    3. Eligibility

    (3.1) To be eligible for the funding, the child must have British Citizenship. If not – the use of the ‘Tier 4 (Child) student’ Visa for overseas students will require the parents to cover the cost of the fees.
    (3.2) In order to qualify for, the child must have attained a score on their entrance examinations for Independent schools that would otherwise have given them a scholarship. The parents / guardian of the student must then pay the necessary amount as indicated by the level of scholarship (so for example, and 80% scholarship means the parents must pay 20%). The Government will then pay the difference to the Independent school.
    (3.2.1) This is only available to students whose household income is £80,000 or less.

    4. Administration

    (4.1) The Entrance Scholarship Commission, henceforth referred to as the “E.S.C.”, is to be established as part of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), and is to be headed by a chairperson selected by the Minister for Education.
    (4.2) The 'E.S.C.' is to advise, help with the creation of, and oversee the marking of entrance exams set by each individual independent school.
    (4.3) The 'E.S.C.' will, by way of a regional or similar representative liaise with the schools, in determining what is an appropriate mark to enable scholarship, and what each level of scholarship shall be awarded at.
    (4.3.1) The final decision on the level of scholarship awarded rests with the 'E.S.C.' and the chairperson is responsible for ensuring that background does not unfairly advantage applicants.

    5. Short title
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Independent Education Scholarship Voucher Bill 2012

    6. Extent
    (1) This bill shall extend to England


    For the purposes of the financing behind the voucher system:

    £7500 and £10,000 are the estimated costs for state schooled (primary and secondary respectively) children in the UK.
    There are an estimated 615,000 students in independent schools.
    .: 307,500 in Independent Primary Education, and 307,500 in Secondary Independent Education
    The estimated average fee price for Senior Independent schools is £11,750 per annum.
    The estimated average fee price for Junior Independent schools is £7,500 per annum.
    There are an estimated 15% of the total ~615,000 who are on some form of educational based scholarship (~ 92,250 students)
    As such, the maximum estimated cost to the government is £887,906,250

    [ 46,125 x 11,750 = 541,968,750 + (46,125 x 7500 =) 345,937,500 = 887,906,250 ]

    Likely to be considerably less, due to the weighting of Primary/Secondary school students being different to 50/50 – as students may leave Secondary education at 16, and also the fact that this is based on every student achieving a scholarship achieves a 100% scholarship.

    Disgusting bill.

    A). The caverns of money this would cost have been totally ignored, and B). how any families below household income £80,000 are elligible. The latter would mean that the government was paying for the wealthy's children to go to independent schools that they could otherwise afford - more wealthy offspring would benefit than the children of lower to middle-income families because they are already more likely to be offered a place in these types of schools than other children.

    Should have voiced your opinion before it went to vote :rolleyes:

    (Original post by MacCuishy)
    Should have voiced your opinion before it went to vote :rolleyes:
    Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

    I wanted to justify my vote.

    (Original post by MacCuishy)
    Should have voiced your opinion before it went to vote :rolleyes:
    Completely agree with you!


    I'd like to change my vote from a 'No' to an 'Abstain'


    Aye, but I only see it as a stop-gap solution in the progression towards better state education
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    (Original post by mevidek)
    I'd like to change my vote from a 'No' to an 'Abstain'
    I've amended the tallies.
    • Thread Starter

    The aye's have it! The aye's have it!
Updated: March 21, 2012
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