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Catholic Heads Association Supporting School Leaders to Deliver ChangeGavin BoydChief Executive (Designate)Education & Skills Authority (ESA)27 November 2009 : 

Catholic Heads Association Supporting School Leaders to Deliver ChangeGavin BoydChief Executive (Designate)Education & Skills Authority (ESA)27 November 2009

During This Presentation …. : 

During This Presentation …. An update on latest developments – legislation, structures, etc. Why change is necessary What support from ESA will look like An opportunity to put your questions

Latest Developments : 

Latest Developments 1 January 2010 - Date agreed by Executive in November 2008 Education Bill 1 awaiting scheduling of Consideration Stage Draft of Bill 2 – Education Committee have already taken evidence Minister’s announcement at ANIELB Conference - not now likely that 1 January will be met - working with Executive colleagues to determine new date - will announce new governance arrangements effective from 1 January 2010 - accelerated convergence

ESA Chairman Designate Appointed : 

ESA Chairman Designate Appointed Seán Hogan appointed August 09 Interviews for Board Members now taking place Appointments in New Year

ESA Has 6 Directors Designate : 

ESA Has 6 Directors Designate Confirms the rich pool of talent that exists within the existing organisations Directors Designate now bringing their experience to bear in shaping the emerging service structures of ESA Interviewing for Director of Strategic Planning in December

ESA Directors Designate : 

ESA Directors Designate Clare Mangan appointed Director of Children and Young People's Services - currently Head of Children and Young People’s Services at SELB and WELB Richard Hanna appointed Director of Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment - currently Director of Education Strategy at CCEA

ESA Directors Designate : 

ESA Directors Designate Barry Mulholland appointed Director of Education Quality and Standards - currently Chief Executive of WELB Shane McCurdy appointed Director of Finance and ICT - currently on secondment at the ESAIT as Financial Planning Project Manager

ESA Directors Designate : 

ESA Directors Designate Robbie McGreevy appointed Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development –currently Acting Inter-board Services Manager at SELB and WELB Patricia Mellon appointed Director of Operational Services - currently Chief Administrative Officer at BELB

Why Change? : 

Why Change? Variability of outcomes for young people Need to modernise and streamline administration

Why ESA? : 

Why ESA? A single organisation with a clear and unambiguous responsibility to support you in achieving better outcomes for pupils Shifting the balance of resources from the centre to schools Greater focus on the pupil Equality of access to excellent provision

Why Improve Outcomes? : 

Why Improve Outcomes? We have many examples of excellent performance in our schools, however ….. Significant differences in performance of post-primary schools: Often in similar areas/circumstances; and Differences across and within sectors International comparisons: PISA studies show a downward trend NI has among the widest variations in performance in pupils in maths, reading and science

NI Grammar Schools % of year 14 pupils achieving 3 or more A levels (or equivalent) at grades A-C (4 year average) by % pupils eligible for Free School Meals 2007/08 : 

NI Grammar Schools % of year 14 pupils achieving 3 or more A levels (or equivalent) at grades A-C (4 year average) by % pupils eligible for Free School Meals 2007/08

How? : 

How? A sharp focus on teaching and learning in individual classes - This is the prime responsibility of teachers and Principals Therefore the focus must be on: - identification and dissemination of good practice - identification of poor practice and supporting improvement

Whose Responsibility? : 

Whose Responsibility? The individual teacher The Head of Department The Principal The Board of Governors

What Will ESA Offer You? : 

What Will ESA Offer You? Support leadership development at all levels Disseminate best practice Provide benchmarking information Provide access to appropriate training and professional qualifications Critical friend for school leaders i.e. give clear direction, listen and respond Celebrate and reward success; identify and address underachievement Provide easy, local access to support services

A Regional Service – Delivered Locally : 

A Regional Service – Delivered Locally Education services planned and managed at a regional level to ensure consistency in approach Multi-disciplinary local teams working directly with you to provide support and advice on a day to day basis Local managers will also provide a local contact for you to deal with any issues or concerns quickly and effectively Local managers will report to the Director of Education Quality and Standards

Local Teams – Key Features : 

Local Teams – Key Features Closely linked to local government areas Multi-disciplinary/strong local knowledge Regular contact with schools and youth providers A named, single point of contact A champion for the needs of the learner Ensure adherence to DE/ESA policies and standards Provide assessments of need in their local areas within an agreed framework Provide support, advice, and facilitation for collaboration among schools and other providers Provide liaison with local councils and other public services on a range of issues

A Single Employing Authority : 

A Single Employing Authority In law - ESA will be the employer of all school staff In practice - the employing, disciplining and dismissal of teachers will be a matter for school Boards of Governors ESA will only step in if it believes the scheme of employment has been incorrectly applied or employment law has been broken

ESA’s Role in Area Planning : 

ESA’s Role in Area Planning Area plan defined as: an assessment of need; the adequacy of current provision; proposals to meet need Covers pre-school through to post primary schools, includes youth services Plans define the areas they cover ESA prepares area plans for DE approval ESA will have a duty to consult with sectoral interests ESA will have the power to consult other key interests such as parents, staff, Boards of Governors

Managing the Change : 

Managing the Change Service continuity is top of our agenda On Day One of ESA, schools should expect ‘business as usual’ Changes will be introduced in a phased manner When changes to the services are being made you will be informed well in advance Some communications in coming weeks around administrative matters

Questions/Comments : 

Questions/Comments gavin.boyd@deni.gov.uk www.esani.org.uk

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