Top Education Award for Inverclyde

Friday 1 December 2017

A partnership between local secondary schools and Inverclyde Council has been recognised at the prestigious Scottish Qualification

SQA Star Awards Highly Commended December 2017

Authority (SQA) Star Awards.

The Senior Phase Group brings together S5 and S6 pupils from St Stephen’s, Port Glasgow and Notre Dame high schools and the Council’s Community Learning and Development youth work team.

They have development of an alternative curriculum for pupils unable to achieve through a traditional school setting has been recognised with a Highly Commended award.

Inverclyde Council’s Education & Communities Convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “To achieve national recognition at the SQA awards is testimony to a lot of hard work and dedication by everyone involved and I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations. We pride ourselves on giving every single child and young person the tools they need to achieve their full potential and this is another example of the excellent and innovative approaches taken in education in Inverclyde.”

Pupils attending the group had the opportunity to complete SQA Personal Development and Volunteering Skills Awards, with the aim of increasing attendance and identifying where their needs could be linked to achievement and development of skills.

The SQA Star Awards recognise both the individuals who work towards SQA qualifications and the organisations that deliver them; rewarding those that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The quality of the nominations for this year’s awards was outstanding. We saw first-hand the dedication and commitment, shown by the candidates studying for SQA qualifications, and the passion and ingenuity of the teachers, lecturers, and specialists delivering our courses across the country, throughout the UK, and indeed around the world.

“The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements, and also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres –- the schools, colleges, training providers, and employers who deliver our qualifications.

The awards ceremony gives us a chance to thank those who give our learners the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to realise their potential.”

The SQA Star Awards were hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

{hotograph: Jaclyn Kinninmont and Hugh Scott, Inverclyde Council Community Learning and Development (CLD) Alison Fanning, Acting Head Teacher, St Stephen’s High School Paul Ross, (CLD).

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