SQA suc­cess for ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants

The Oban Times - - News -

ED­U­CA­TION staff from across Ar­gyll and Bute at­tended an awards cer­e­mony in In­ver­aray last week to re­ceive their SQA Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Award ( PDA) in Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port.

Roslyn Red­path, prin­ci­pal ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­o­gist, pre­sented the cer­tifi­cates on be­half of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to 22 class­room and ad­di­tional sup­port needs as­sis­tants be­fore con­grat­u­lat­ing them on their hard work and com­mit­ment.

The as­sis­tants all con­trib­ute to the learn­ing and the health and wellbeing of pupils across Ar­gyll and Bute, and have re­cently fin­ished nearly two years of ac­cred­ited train­ing.

The PDA course is de­signed to sup­port class­room as­sis­tants and ad­di­tional sup­port needs as­sis­tants in de­vel­op­ing their role in schools, and in gain­ing a wider range of knowl­edge and skills in re­la­tion to pupils with ad­di­tional sup­port needs.

This year’s group con­sisted of can­di­dates from across the area, in­clud­ing Oban, Camp­bel­town, Mull, Iona and Is­lay.

Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville said: ‘ I would like to con­grat­u­late all the can­di­dates for putting in so much hard work and ef­fort, much of which was dur­ing their own time, to achieve this award for the ben­e­fit of the young peo­ple of Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘ This course re­quires a lot of ded­i­ca­tion and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess in their ca­reers.’

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