Monday, 28 January 2008

This morning I met Mrs Ina Cronje, Minister of Education for Kwazulu Natal, ...

Mrs Cronje is leading a delegation from the Ministry of Education to Leeds. It is a fact finding visit for the delegation to look at school links and our international schools work. They are going on to a conference organised by the Youth Sports Trust. Mrs Cronje put it all in context when she told me that they have 2.65 million children and young people and a workforce of 100000, including 85000 teachers, working across 6000 schools.

The delegation were really interested in funding, vocational provision, and special educational needs and wanted to know more about our work on quality standards, Bluewave SWIFT, Inclusion Chartermark, Stephen Lawrence, Healthy Schools, 'The Power of Me' and Emotional Well-being. Over the next three days they are visiting some of our best 'international schools' who have strong and developing links with South Africa: Gledhow Primary School, St Mary's RC High School, Prince Henry's Grammar School, Bramley Primary School and Garforth Community College.

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