From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
by Paul Bacsich
For entities in Jersey see Category:Jersey
Partners situated in Jersey
Jersey in a nutshell
The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency set in the English Channel near to the Normandy coast in France. The United Kingdom is responsible for the Bailiwick's defence and ultimately for good governance, and for representing the Bailiwick in international fora, while the Bailiwick's own parliament and government have competence over all domestic matters.
However, as an autonomous region it has to deliver the full panoply of domestic government and policy - no small task, even if it can adopt or adapt a certain amount of policy from the UK, which it resembles in various ways.
Jersey has indigenous broadcasting, from BBC Radio and Television and the ITV company Channel Television.
Jersey Telecom offers an ADSL service at the 2 Mbps level.
For more details on Jersey see the wikipedia article on Jersey.
Jersey education policy
It is similar to the UK model
Schools in Jersey
Jersey provides education through state schools (including a fee-paying option at secondary level) and also supports private schools. The Jersey curriculum generally follows that of England.
There are 31 primary schools, of which 22 are non-fee paying, and 17 offer a nursery class.
4 non-fee paying schools offer 11-16 secondary education, along with 2 States fee-paying and 2 independent schools.
Further and Higher education
6 schools and colleges provide options for post-16 education.
Universities in Jersey
There is no self-sufficient autonomous institution of higher education in Jersey. However, it is possible to take some Higher Education qualifications locally, on a full-time or part-time basis and also to study by distance learning.
The Institute of Law is Jersey's law school, providing a course for students seeking to qualify as Jersey advocates and solicitors. It also provides teaching for students enrolled on the University of London LLB degree programme, via the International Programmes.
The UKOU supports students in Jersey (but they pay higher fees than UK students) and is has a study centre on the Island. The Jersey Department for Education, Sport & Culture does provide some funding for distance learning courses, but at first degree level only.
Private sector higher education providers include the Jersey International Business School.
Polytechnics and colleges in Jersey
Jersey has an FE college, Highlands College. As well as offering part-time and evening courses Highlands is the largest sixth form provider in the Island, and works collaboratively with a range of organisations including the UKOU, University of Plymouth and London South Bank University. In particular students can study at Highlands for the two year Foundation Degree in Financial Services and for BSc Social Sciences, both validated by the University of Plymouth.
The college incorporates the Jersey Business School but this is at an early stage of development in terms of degree programmes.
Higher education reform
The Bologna Process
Jersey is not part of the European Union thus is not bound by Bologna. Having said that, it is normal for Jersey to copy the main aspects of UK policy in such areas. The UK believes that to the first order of approximation its institutions already conform to Bologna.
The Government commissioned a Review of Higher Education in 2005 from a former UK Vice-Chancellor which among other things proposed not a full-fledged University but a multi-function "Jersey Higher Education Academy". Progress since then seems to be slow but there is a follow-up note in 2007.
Administration and finance
It is ad hoc and the subject of some current debate.
There is no institution to which HE quality assurance directly applies. In general terms the UK QAA would oversee the quality of all UK HE provision which is delivered on the Island.
Towards the information society
Information society strategy
There is little visible sign of major supply or consumption of e-learning capability on the Island including at the schools level - although a "Jersey Grid for Learning" gets passing mention.