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Well done Andreas School 27 July 2005

    Shirley Smith receiving Award with Team Andreas school is the first school to be successfully assessed against the REVISED version of the Investors in People standard. The revised standard builds on its previous framework of good practice but raises the bar by providing organisations with additional levels of challenge for improving performance. Within the new standard more emphasis is now placed on leadership and management, decision-making, and evaluation of investment in learning and development.

    The new IIP standard fits in very well and compliments the Department of Education’s Framework for School Self-Review & External Validated Review. In particular the IIP framework:

    • helps determine the ethos of the school through staff relationship feedback
    • helps raise the achievement of pupils by promoting the skills and involvement of all staff
    • encourages staff to recognise the contribution they are making to the success of the school and the responsibilities they have for meeting the school’s aims and objectives
    • improves communication, motivation and strengthens teamwork

    The school chose to use Investors in People because of the strategies it provides to improve the performance of the school through professional development, communication, planning and self-evaluation. Also for its recognition within the education sector and the business world.

    “Having Investors in People status and being able to use the laurel logo and having the plaque on the wall is great” says Shirley Smith (acting headteacher), at Andreas school. “But more important to us are the many benefits we have gained from using Investors to repeatedly revisit our culture and practices to identify our strengths and highlight our weaknesses.” Pursuing the Investor in People award has sharpened our focus particularly regarding management processes and our training and development of support staff."

    Raising the achievement of pupils is dependent on the contribution, commitment and continued learning of the staff and others who work with Andreas school. Teaching and support staff are, therefore, the school's greatest asset.

    27th July 2005

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