Monday, 24 September 2007

I spent the earlier part of this evening at the HLTA Celebration at Weetwood Hall...

Higher Level Teaching Assistants are one of the many real success stories here in Leeds. We now have around 450 HLTAs in Leeds schools and this evening we were celebrating the success of another 65 colleagues. These people have changed the way our schools operate and we now have a completely different workforce making an incredible difference to the learning outcomes our children and young people are achieving.

This wonderful programme is run in partnership with Leeds Trinity and All Saints College who have worked with Education Leeds to make this programme such a success. However the real driving force behind the programme is my colleague Monica Tomkiss whose passion, commitment, energy, enthusiasm and hard work has driven this programme to become a national beacon of excellence. Monica has been supported brilliantly by another colleague Grace Knight who does all the administration and organisation for the programme and who organised the celebration.

Grace has promised to send me a list of all the new HLTAs which I'll add here as soon as I get them. These are some amazing people who I am in total awe of as they manage their work, theri home lives and their studies.


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