Hautlieu champion: We need opportunities for all

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John Hanley, who retired after 18 years in the post when term ended last week, said that Education needed to focus on providing a curriculum to suit every student.

Mr Hanley fought for the future of Hautlieu when the States considered the possible introduction of a sixth-form college, and says he still believes there is a place for Hautlieu in Jersey’s school system.

‘Absolutely there is a place for it,’ he said.

‘The current big debate about 14 to 19 education is appropriate.

Needs are different.

The challenge is finding a curriculum that suits the students who are not academic.

We should be developing a curriculum for society.

We have to appreciate that it is of equal value to work with your hands as to work with your brain.

‘Students at Hautlieu are always getting involved in enterprise.

Students going out and doing things – that is what Hautlieu is about – the practical learning experience.

The States should spend more resources on the primary sector to solve problems early on.

Politicians in Jersey need to look at putting more resources in the primary sector because it needs support.’

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