Director’s report for the Education Board meeting 9th August 2012
By David Jenkins (Director of Health and Education)
The temporary Classroom for Pre-School is still progressing. The main structure is complete yet the outside grounds work still needs to be finished and the electrics installed. PWD advises that it should be ready to move in to (if not completely finished,) by the 7th August 2012.
Regarding the use of the Moodle interactive IT system further in Camp I am pleased to report that further training from C&W has occurred and that Camp teachers have received their training as invigilators and are ready to take on this role. The Training Centre however is having some on-going ICT issues though that relate to the FIG recent installation of some software that has stopped their ability to undertake on-line assessment. This problem is still being worked on by FIG IT section.
The Deputy Head-teacher IJS-CE continues with her studies for the NPQH qualification, which should be completed by Christmas. All is going very well and the College are providing innovative opportunities for on-line assessment.
The Middle Management training led by Head-teacher IJS-CE continues to go well and should be completed by Christmas.
The Hd IJS-CE identified the need to formalise the representative arrangements from both IJS & CE on the School Managers committee. This issue has been discussed with AGs Chambers and it would require an amendment to the Education Ordinance. The Education Amendment Bill has not been included as a priority on the drafting programme approved by Members, so Members will also need to understand why this very minor amendment should be progressed in isolation as a new priority. AGs, rightly, point out that making constant minor amendments to the Education Ordinance, of which a number are required, would have a negative impact on the workflow through AGs and that the Legislative Assembly programme would be largely taken up with a multitude of small tasks, rather than getting to grips with the wider priorities. Unfortunately, there is not the capacity in the Education Department at the moment to re-write the Education Ordinance.
In summary, the DHE decisions, following discussions with AGs Chambers, are:
that no minor amendments to the Education Ordinance are proposed in relation to this issue and that all the required amendments will be taken forward within the writing of the new Education Ordinance
that, after taking consideration of the risks and the fact that the committee has continued in this way for several years, the committee can continue in its current co-opted composition until/if the legislation is amended.
The Accommodation Working Group has done a draft of the primary requirements but these will need to be looked at in more detail with the Public Works Department (PWD) on the 3rd August.
The Hd FICS/Ass Dir Ed, following on from the previous report regarding potential students going to either Peter Symonds or Chichester College, reports that FICS has worked at identifying the advantages of Peter Symonds, particularly for those students who wish to undertake A Levels. The recent FICS Post-16 information evening for parents of students in Year 10 showed early signs are that there was significant interest in the opportunities Peter Symonds offers.
Stanley House had a donation of sports equipment from the MPC “Thrift Shop” two ladies came down to have lunch and hand the equipment over to the students. FITV attended and interviewed the students.
Stanley House parent’s survey, with a closing date of 31 Jul 12, has been having some initial positive comments coming back and a report will come to the Education Board in due course.