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Teachers TV comes to the Isle of Man 3 July 2007

TEACHERS TV is coming to the Isle of Man.

John Tandy, from the digital TV channel’s North West area, will host training sessions at four high schools and two primary schools for teaching staff from all over the Island.

The sessions will take place at Ballakermeen High School and Scoill Phurt le Moirrey on Monday, July 16, St Ninian’s High School, Queen Elizabeth II High School and Michael Primary School on Tuesday, July 17 and Castle Rushen High School on Wednesday, July 18.

The visit is sponsored by the Island branch of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, whose Branch Secretary, Andrew Shipley, said it would demonstrate to senior and newer teachers the varied resources Teachers TV has to offer.

Teachers TV was launched in February 2005 and has made 1,800 programmes, filming some 5,000 teachers in 2,000 schools and interviewing 1,617 academics and experts. The vast majority of its content is available to download via – a resource that is free for teachers to use.

Funded by the UK Department for Education and Skills, Teachers TV broadcast 24 hours a day on Sky channel 880 and two hours a day on Freeview channel 88 and has programmes on whole school issues such as inclusion and bullying, advice on Key Stages and specific subjects and also offers a news round-up, debates on topical issues affecting education and entertainment. It is aimed not just at teachers but at everyone with an interest in education.

It has a network of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) advisers who go into schools, among them Mr Tandy.

An experienced modern foreign languages teacher, he worked as a senior manager in a Merseyside comprehensive school, where his responsibilities included the development of CPD policy and practice. He has facilitated links between head teachers in different countries to help them share experiences of school leadership. He has also recently worked in the North West region as a CPD adviser for the DfES and the Training and Development Agency.

ATL branch secretary and St Ninian’s High School teacher Andrew Shipley said:

‘Mr Tandy will work in 50-minute slots to show teachers how to download video clips, which can then be used to demonstrate how aspects of work have been developed and implemented in other schools. He will show where resources can be accessed and talk about ways of using Teachers TV as a resource to aid Continued Professional Development. ‘Programmes range across Key Stages and subjects and also look at whole school issues. His visit will be particularly useful for heads of departments and those who line manage others but will also assist other staff to introduce new ideas into their work.’

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