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Minister to present certificates to primary school teachers 8 September 2008

PRIMARY school teachers working for the Department of Education who have recently completed leadership and management training will be presented with their certificates by Education Minister Anne Craine MHK next week.

Eighteen teachers have completed Level 2 training, which is aimed at those who have responsibility for leading an area of the curriculum or some other distinct aspect of primary school life.

The programme was run throughout the last academic year and involved teachers attending four days of training, completing assignments and carrying out an assessed task based on work they had been doing in school.

A further 13 teachers have completed Level 3 training, which is aimed at teachers who have strategic leadership and management responsibilities in schools – perhaps as deputy heads or team leaders. The Level 3 programme runs over two years and involves eight days of training as well as a range of school-based tasks and an assessed written assignment.

Acting Senior Adviser Martin Barrow said:

‘The Department of Education regards this programme as an important part of its work in helping schools to continually seek ways to maintain their development and further raise standards. The programme has been devised and is being tutored by members of the Department’s Education Improvement Service and local headteachers. This ensures that it is relevant to the Island’s schools.’

Mr Barrow continued:

‘The overall package of training also makes a significant contribution to ensuring that teachers are well equipped to take on roles as deputy head teachers and headteachers in the future, should they wish to.’

The Education Minister congratulated those receiving the certificates, saying:

‘I very much appreciate the commitment of the teachers who have undertaken these courses and the professional challenge that they set themselves.’

Mrs Craine added:

‘It is an illustration of the dedication they have to teaching that they have enthusiastically taken up the opportunity to do this training. It will not only benefit them but also the management of our primary schools and the children they teach.’

The presentation takes place on Friday 12 September at 4.30pm at the Isle of Man College.

Both the Level 2 and Level 3 training are to be repeated in the 2008/09 academic year.

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