I am urging teachers in Delyn to apply for free training provided by the UK Parliament Education Service on the 2-4 July 2018.
As part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme the Education Service will be hosting a residential Teachers’ Institute. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then return to their schools to support understanding of, and increase engagement with, Parliament.
Transport and accommodation costs are covered and applications are welcome from teachers, school leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18.
The course includes:
• Q&A session with MPs and Peers
• Talks from subject specialists
• Workshops devoted to key aspects of the work of Parliament
• Opportunities to explore new and exciting teaching ideas
• Tour of the Palace of Westminster Read more “Free Parliamentary Teaching Training”
It has emerged that the Department for International Development has been using UK funds to support private education facilities around the world. I believe that education should be free for all and not just the preserve of those with the means to access it. This begs the question why is the UK government using funds to support such institutions.
The minister stood by the Government’s decision. I find this extremely disappointing and will be working with my colleagues to ensure that this is brought to an end.
I have joined with UNISON in celebrating school support staff by visiting Ysgol St Mary’s, Flint.
Schools across the UK will be holding award ceremonies, special assemblies, competitions and lunches to recognise the wonderful, and often overlooked, work done by school support staff and I was invited by UNISON to Ysgol St Mary’s to celebrate the work of their teaching assistants.
Last year UNISON and schools organised celebrations for teaching assistants in hundreds of schools up and down the UK. This year they have extended the celebration to all school support staff – the unsung heroes of education – through a co-ordinated day of activity.
School support staff have a number of roles within our schools. They ensure that children can learn in a safe and healthy environment. There are many people who work together to make this happen: supervisors; crossing patrol officers; child protection officers; cleaners; janitors; catering staff; and parent support advisers. Read more “Stars in our Schools: Ysgol St. Mary’s, Flint”
Before jumping on the train back down to London for what is to be another busy week – especially with the Budget on Wednesday – I was able to attend the opening of the new school complex in Holywell.
It sees an investment of £30 million into our local community by Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government. The site will be two separate schools Ysgol Treffynnon (a secondary school) and Maes-y-Felin (a primary school). These schools will ensure that children in Holywell, and from the surrounding villages, have world-class facilities.
I want to congratulate all those who worked hard to make these schools become reality.