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Christian educator says gov should support school crisis before looking at new vocational courses

by Alex Collett

Rishi Sunak is preparing to transform the nation’s education system.

The new Prime Minister is planning to create a new British baccalaureate and a network of elite technical institutes to transform vocational training.

The new education secretary, Gillian Keegan, is said to be drawing up "radical reforms". 

Baptist minister and founder of educational system Oasis Steve Chalke told Premier before the government make these changes, they need to address first the current crisis facing schools: "You've got to put the fire out in the house and then you've got to rebuild the house.

"So putting the fire out is all about the the emergency we're now in and the cost of living crisis and the energy bills for the schools.

"So many schools believe that they are going to go bust and bankrupt by the end of this year unless there's something more is done to help them."

Mr Chalke welcomed the idea of an English baccalaureate, but disagrees with plans to make English and maths compulsory until the age of 18.

Instead, Mr Chalke suggests: "You can teach English and maths through vocation through music, you can teach lyric writing, which means you're learning grammar, through building things in engineering, you can teach mathematics. 

"So if we're really going to switch across to more vocational learning, which will be brilliant, we have to rethink the way we teach, not just 18 plus, but all the way through the education system."

Mr Chalke says prayers are much needed right now within the educational setting: "Our prayer should be for every person involved in the delivery of education, primary, local, primary, and secondary schools and colleges, but those staff will feel and now our support. So our prayer needs to be words, but also actions of support.

"Pray for Gillian Keegan, who comes to the role as Secretary of State, not having been involved in education before and Nick Gibb and Robert Halfon with their different understandings of what we're aiming for in education, that they're guided, that's what we need, guided in their conversations. 

"That the outcomes of those conversations will will be that teachers are supported, because that means that children will be supported in the outcomes they need to build a prosperous and stable economy, as well as prosperous and stable, individual lives."

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