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Leadership has a role in raising educational standards

25-03-2009

Department of Education Permanent Secretary, Will Haire, has told a conference of 230 school leaders that they have a key role in raising standards.

Mr Haire was speaking in Armagh at the opening of the first in a series of three school improvement conferences.


The theme of each conference is ‘Leading in a changing education landscape – from policy to practice.’ The conference is to encourage dialogue between principals and the Department of Education by sharing the policy framework and the school improvement agenda.

Speaking about the reform agenda in Education at the opening of the conference, Mr Haire said: “Our policy for school improvement is to help schools do what they do best. Schools themselves are best places to drive improvement and our role is to help and support them in doing just that.

“Our first priority always must be to promote the needs of our children and we therefore need a zero-tolerance approach to underachievement. We will shortly be announcing details of the results of the ‘Every School a Good School’ consultation. We all want every young person to have access to high quality education, in settings characterised by good leadership, excellent teaching and strong links between schools, parents and the community. Settings dedicated to equality and inclusion.

“This conference offers the opportunity for school leaders to share and celebrate best practice so that real improvements can flow through our classrooms for the benefit of every child.”
 

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