With just days to go until we can turn our attention to our own families, and relax (relax?) and settle down for a quiet Christmas, here are our thanks to all the schools and other settings working with families to improve outcomes for children.
In 2017 we will welcome all of our member school back with the launch of our Investors in Families Library of Effective Practice – soon to be the biggest resource of its type on the planet.
We’ll be in touch early in 2017, but until then, have a festive family time.
We have recruited a team of headteachers, teachers and education professionals to work with IIF to assess schools seeking the accreditation.
Our peer assessors will also be setting up local networks across South Wales for IIF schools and schools working towards the award.
Full details of the team and how to contact them will be published shortly.
Over the summer, we have been busy getting IIF ready for the new school year.
Our library of effective practice will be launched later this month for registered schools. It will be a fully searchable database of case studies of effective practice developed by schools and other settings across Wales: watch this space.
We are also planning our Autumn 2016 seminar in Cardiff, which will be held after half-term at SWALEC, home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
Investors in Families will operate as an independent provider, having decided not to renew the collaborative agreement with the Wales Centre for Equity in Education (WCEE).
“While there is a very close fit between the philosophy of IIF and WCEE, IIF is keen to expand into other areas, including the Secure Estate and other sectors. In addition to taking IIF across Wales in the last two years, IIF has adapted the quality mark for the Secure Estate, which will involve working with prisons across the United Kingdom and Europe. There is also a growing demand for IIF in a variety of settings in England.”
IIF Wales was launched at a reception at the Royal Hotel in Cardiff on Monday 14th March 2016. Schools, partner organisations and other supporters of IIF gathered to discuss how IIF would work in the future.