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School Leaders celebrate success

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School middle managers and leaders from across Wales who have completed a higher apprenticeship in leadership and management with Portal Training, this week have celebrated their success in a graduation ceremony in Cardiff.

Portal Educational Training is delivering an innovative leadership and management qualification for school middle managers. The higher apprenticeship programme (Level 4 and 5 Diploma through the ILM- Institute of Leadership and Management) in Leadership and Management is currently being delivered to over 200 school leaders in South and East, Mid and West Wales.

The learners have a range of different management roles within schools – ranging from Heads of Departments and Heads of Year at secondary schools to members of management teams in Primary and Special schools.

This graduation was an opportunity to celebrate the success of more 50 teachers who have successfully gained the qualification. It was also an opportunity to hear from newly appointed Director of School Standards at Welsh Government Steve Davies on the importance of developing leadership and management capacity and skills across the education workforce.

Speaking ahead of the graduation Jayne Jones a Senior Teacher, St Joseph’s Primary School, Tredegar said

“The ILM course in leadership and management has made a huge difference to my professional practice. It has developed my leadership and management knowledge and skills and given me the confidence to take on a greater leadership role within my organisation. I would not have been able to do this without the support of the staff at Portal who have helped me at every step.  I would recommend the ILM course to anyone who is thinking of making the next step into management.”

Robert King, Headteacher, Llanwern High School who was a mentor for teachers in Llanwern High added

“The staff group at Llanwern High School who will shortly complete the Portal ILM programme have been professionally challenged by an interesting range of sessions and providers and consequently they have all made progress in their respective areas of school leadership. Portal Training have been there to listen to and support colleagues at every stage of the journey.”

Gwawr Booth, Director at Portal Training speaking at the graduation said:

“Portal is a truly Welsh organisation, and we’ve just celebrated our 6th birthday, and have celebrated a milestone of working with over 400 schools across Wales. The ILM leadership and Management qualification was developed in 2013 following feedback from schools, local education authorities and education consortia highlighting the lack of specific educationally focused leadership and management qualifications for teachers.

We are proud of the fact that we are responsive to the needs of the education workforce in Wales, and work with so many schools and strategically with local education authorities, consortia and Welsh Government.

There are nearly 250 teachers undertaking the qualification now from across Wales and as it is a Higher Apprenticeship is funded by Government. Many of those who have successfully completed the level 5 have progressed onto our Level 7 too. We have a rolling programme of recruitment so we urge interested teachers to get in touch.”66-Portal 2016 LoRes HIRST-3997

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