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Head of Instrumental Services and money spent on subsidising Victoria College (FOI)

Head of Instrumental Services and money spent on subsidising Victoria College (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 12 January 2016.

​Request  

A

I would like to see the adverts for the post of Head of Instrumental Services and where, when and how it was advertised:

B

I also wish to see how they advertised for the guitar teaching post or posts that have seemingly been filled?

C

I also wish to know how much are these lessons subsidised by tax payers money as I have been lead to believe they are subsidised

D

I also would like to know how much public money is spent subsiding the fees of Victoria College as I was under the impression it was a private school

E

I wish to know why my tax is being spent on subsidising people who can afford these fees quite easily.

Response

A

All core teaching posts are advertised in the JEP and on the States of Jersey website. Teacher recruitment processes are followed. 

The Head of Jersey Music Service post was last advertised in 2011. It was advertised locally, and then in the UK, with adverts appearing on the States of Jersey website and the Times Educational Supplement.

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B

The Music Service keeps a panel of suitably qualified tutors who are offered teaching work as and when it becomes available on a termly basis. 

Potential tutors who contact the music service can apply to be placed on the panel at any time and will have a DBS check, and reference checks, prior to acceptance. 

Tutors are self-employed, and not employed by the States of Jersey.

C

Instrumental teaching is delivered at cost. 

This refers to the cost of sub-contracting the work to the tutor. Therefore it is not subsidised. 

However, the music service does use some of its funding to subsidise lessons for children of families in receipt of benefits who are not charged to access provision and those in other forms of financial hardship, who can apply for bursaries to help with fees.

Central funding is also used to monitor and improve standards in the instrumental teaching the service delivers.

D

Victoria College is a fee, maintained, rather than a private, school.

Victoria College receive 50% of the funding that all other States schools receive, using the AWPU funding model. 

The AWPU is calculated using pupil numbers as at September of the previous year. This was answered in detail in a previous question. 

Public funds used to support secondary schools in Jersey 2010 to 2014 (FOI)

E

This question requires an opinion in response. 

This is not a valid request for information held under the Freedom of Information Law. 

Therefore, the information is not held.

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