The seminar in Cardiff attracted 50 delegates from across Wales, pictured with the IIF certificates and plaques for schools gaining the quality mark in the last six months.
The key focus was on “Keeping learners safe” and co-incided with Child Protection Week.
Sue Davies (IIF) and Christine Jenkins (Bryntirion Comprehensive School) set out the guidance and how a primary and secondary school had implemented the policy.
Stephen Gear from Department for Education was able to update the delegates on the current situation in government.
Glamorgan County Cricket Club have achieved the IIF Quality Mark for their work with families. The club runs a huge programme of “Cricket in the Community” activities that are detailed on its website.
IIF is proud to welcome Glamorgan as a member of IIF. We will continue to work with Mark Frost and Andrew Hignell to develop cricket in the community and their work with families.
Glamorgan will host IIF seminars and conferences, which will offer delegates a chance to see the Swalec stadium and visit the Cricket Museum.
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.
Thornhill Primary School in Cardiff is the first school in Wales to achieve the IIF quality mark since Investors in Families established itself as as independent organisation.
Chris Waterman, Executive Director of IIF, spent a day at the school meeting children, parents, staff, governors and partners.
“Thornhill shows how much a school can contribute to its local community and how this benefits the students. Well done!”
Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Education, presented the IIF award to Ysgol Maes Glas, the first school in North Wales to gain the quality mark, as a special meeting in the Senedd.
She also presented the quality mark to Blackwood Comprehensive School, which had been re-accredited for the second time and is the first school in Wales to hold the award for a nine-year period.
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.