Camberley adult education
It would oversee the 4bn adult portion of the Learning and Skills Council budget.One of its main aims was the improvement of graduate skills. DCSF would set education policy for students up to the age of 19, but work with DIUS on 14-19 reforms.He said he was setting up a 'Conservative Co-operative Movement' based on the ideals of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, the world's first successful co-operative.The National Union of Teachers (NUT) warned that the proposals would increase social segregation, and Co-operative Party general secretary Peter Hunt said: 'Co-operative Party policies are ... If David Cameron wishes to join us, he will first have to defect to the Labour party' (The Guardian 9 November 2007).His new administration immediately announced that the education department would be split in two: the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) with Ed Balls as secretary of state, and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) under John Denham.
Brown and Balls Tony Blair was replaced as prime minister by former chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown (pictured).
School pupils in the 14 to 19 age group and sixth form college students would come under DCSF, but general further education college students and apprentices aged 16 to 19 were the responsibility of DIUS, though they would be funded via local education authorities.
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) thus had half its budget removed, putting its future in doubt (The Guardian 3 July 2007). In June 2009 it was abolished and its responsibilities subsumed into a new Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), led by Lord (Peter) Mandelson.
Generations of children had been let down by so-called progressive education policies which had taught skills and 'empathy' instead of bodies of knowledge, he said.
He condemned the 'pupil-centred learning' theories which had gained support in the 1960s for 'dethroning' the teacher: It is an approach to education that has been called progressive, but in fact is anything but.