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Ruane - Leadership key to progress

30 March, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, highlighted the importance of strong leadership to school leaders in Belfast today.

The Minister was speaking at the second of three school improvement conferences “Leading in a changing education landscape – from policy to practice”.

After the event the Minister said: “Strong effective school leadership is a key factor in school improvement and the building block on which a successful school is built. Successful schools lead to confident, creative and articulate children and young people who are able to fulfil their potential and make the most of life’s opportunities.

“Since becoming Education Minister I have visited schools all over the north. I have met with teachers and principals and seen the good practice that is happening in our schools and classrooms. Conferences such as these enable us to identify, celebrate and share that good practice.

“Although we have much to be proud of in our education system, we must also recognise that there is no room for complacency. Far too many children are still leaving school without sufficient levels of literacy and numeracy. Raising standards is my Department’s top priority and I will shortly be publishing ‘Every School a Good School’, our new school improvement policy. This policy aims to ensure all our children have access to a high quality education, in schools and settings that are committed to excellence, equality and inclusion. It is through the hard work and dedication of governors, principals and teaching staff that this will be achieved. Excellent leadership is crucial to progress and through the leadership of people here today we will achieve an education system where there are no barriers to success and every child can set their aspirations high and achieve their ambitions.”

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