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ROBERTSON CALLS ON SCHOOLS TO BE INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

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Raymond Robertson, Scottish education minister, has called on schools to develop their staff through the Investors ...
Raymond Robertson, Scottish education minister, has called on schools to develop their staff through the Investors in People initiative and recognise the benefits of continued learning.

Mr Robertson was speaking at a national conference in Edinburgh to introduce the Investors In People initiative into Scotland's schools which was attended by over 100 delegates from the new unitary authorities, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and local enterprise companies

He said: 'Investing time in people, raising expectations and challenging existing priorities brings a rich reward - satisfied customers.

'It is clear to me that a good, highly -motivated staff, committed to the aims of the school, is likely to have satisfied customers - our young people, parents and employers. National competitiveness depends on a range of factors but I am in no doubt that the critical one is the skill and knowledge of each country's workforce.

'The evidence in HM Inspectors of Schools' national report suggests many schools in Scotland would be close to Investors in People accreditation, given their current approach to self-evaluation, planning and staff development.

'I believe that the Investors in People national standard would offer schools in Scotland a public recognition of excellence in this area and at the same time, would support the quality initiative in Scottish schools.

'Such moves could provide a major boost to morale and demonstrate that management and leadership in Scottish schools compare favourably with business and commerce.'

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