Capita Learning & Development opens a Training Centre of Excellence for London's schools

Top Quote Capita Learning & Development, London the UK's leading provider of integrated learning solutions and part of The Capita Group Plc, has announced that it has joined with Park View school, Haringey to create a 'Training Centre of Excellence' for London's schools. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 19, 2012 - The Training Centre of Excellence will offer courses to secondary and primary schools, both public and private, across London, to help them address the evolving challenges they face in meeting the needs of young people. The varied scope of the training that will be available is indicated by the range of courses offered in the initial programme. These include social media, conflict management, handling personal change, Ofsted inspections and the new framework, leading and managing, employment law, putting care into practice and careers guidance.

    Capita L&D initially provided guidance to Park View in preparing and presenting the business case to the school's Governing Body, and will continue to provide the curriculum experts, consultants and tutors needed to deliver the Centre's ongoing training programmes. Park View will take the lead in the day-to-day running of the Training Centre of Excellence and will provide the venue and the administration for the training programmes. In addition to its published public course schedule, the Centre will offer closed courses for single institutions, either on their own premises or at Park View, and bespoke courses designed and delivered to meet an institution's unique requirements.

    Those driving the initiative for the Capita L&D schools team are Laurel Quayle and Deanne Walker; at Park View they include Head Teacher Alex Atherton, Business Manager Tim Petty.

    Tim Petty, Business Manager, said, "In the context of growing numbers of schools converting to academy status and increasing pressure upon schools to manage their own budgets and become self-sufficient in meeting their professional needs, we are confident that the Training Centre of Excellence has an important role to fulfil. The launch day provided early evidence of a wide interest, with representatives attending, including head and deputy head teachers, staff professional bodies and governors. We hope that in the longer term the Centre will develop a wider community focus by offering training to parents, carers and other youth organisations and by involving local businesses in the delivery of training."

    Alex Atherton, head teacher at Park View school, said, "We are thrilled to be able to offer this provision to London and local schools and look forward to working with them in taking it further".

    The Training Centre of Excellence will bring benefits throughout the school community. Schools will gain experience and expertise while benefitting from training time and cost efficiencies; individual staff will benefit from expert professional development; pupils will benefit from teachers who are better able to understand and meet their needs; while parents will not only have the opportunity to participate in relevant courses, they will also be reassured to know that, as a result, their children will be better equipped to meet the challenges their world presents them.

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