@PIOE News and Views

February 2016

Digital Quality Assurance Advisor

Steve Wheeler has accepted an invitation by Huw Lewis (Minister for Education and Skills for Wales) to join the newly established Welsh education Advisory Group on Digital Quality Assurance. Steve will advise the Welsh Government on the way schools implement digital technology and will help to ensure that teachers develop digital competencies to promote more effective pedagogy. The Advisory Group will ensure that the design and development process draws on international best practice and leading edge thinking in digital competence. Steve said: ‘I’m honoured by this invitation from the Welsh government, and I look forward to working together with the Minister and his team to develop more effective technology supported teaching in schools.’

Conference keynote speeches

Jocey Quinn has given keynote speeches at two international conferences. The first was in Berlin and organised by the VDI, the German Association of Engineers on the topic of HE and Learning in Engineering. The second conference was organised by the University of Macerata, one of the top research universities in Italy, on the subject of Drop out and Retention in Higher Education: European practices. At both conferences Jocey was invited to talk about her research for the EU on drop out amongst under-represented students. Both conferences were very useful in developing research links for the future for PIOE.

PGCAP graduates

Following PedRIO's most recent Exam Board (December 2015) several of our of academics from the Institute of Education have successfully completed the PGCAP programme. They are:

Keith Ansell

Ruth Atkinson

Sofia Chanda-Gool

Christoforos Mamas

Key insights for every headteacher in the country

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They were a credit to Mayflower Academy. Future Leaders learning their trade at a young age.

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