'Lighting up Leadership'

Principals, education officers get training under NCEL/British Council programme

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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THIRTY-THREE school principals and education officers have benefitted from training under an initiative between The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the British Council of Jamaica. The educators participated in a recent workshop series called Lighting up Leadership.

The programme is aimed at enhancing the mentoring and coaching skills of local educators. The training, which is the first of a five-part series to create a pool of talented coaches at various levels across the island, is being led by International Consultant Nicholas Garrick, founder and director of Lighting up Learning in the United Kingdom.

Over the next few years, education officers and principals across the country will be certified as performance, development, leadership or master Coaches.

Principal Director of NCEL, Dr Maurice Smith says the Lighting up Leadership workshop is a vital aspect of developing excellence in leadership.

"The British Council has been a very proactive and supportive partner in that it has provided the College with the support necessary to design and now deliver our System and School Leaders' Coaching Programme [SSLCP]. The SSLCP will go a far way in building capacity among our cadre of Principals and assist our schools in becoming more effective in the delivery of the education enterprise. These benefits can only redound to our producing students who are better equipped to access secondary or post secondary education or the world of work," he explains.

"Leadership and teacher quality are the two variables that most positively impact student attainment. In NCEL's work with almost 600 system and school leaders we have found that administrators grow most when they are supported by their colleagues who were able to mentor them with respect to the development of their competencies," Dr Smith adds.

Project Manager of the British Council's Connecting Classroom initiative, Kadeon Richards, says that the initiative forms part of a global education programme which offers school partnerships as well as professional development for teachers.

"It also provides specially-developed resources, enabling schools to explore a number of social, environmental, and cultural themes; while equipping students with a deeper understanding of other countries and cultures," she says.

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