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School Improvement Plans

All schools are required to produce improvement plans that clearly set out the short, medium and long-term goals of the school, in such areas as curriculum, resources, buildings, finance, staff development, etc. The plans are reviewed annually.

 

School meals

Under the 2001 Education Act, the Department makes school meals available to those people wishing to partake so all pupils have the opportunity to obtain a meal in school every day.

In secondary schools, food is available before school and at break times as well as lunchtime.

In primary schools, food is available only at lunchtime. Meals are prepared to current nutritional best practice standards. Catering staff work closely with teaching staff to ensure pupils are encouraged to make informed, healthy choices. See the school meals page

Secondary education

Secondary education on the Isle of Man is non selective and is for students between the ages of 11 and 18 and therefore includes Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and 16 to 19 education. Secondary education is provided at present in 5 schools and there is a degree of overlap with the University College Isle of Man (UCM), which admits students from the age of 16 onwards for further education.

Sex education

The Department of Education Sport and Culture recognises that sex education is a difficult issue that will place demands on schools and teachers. It is, however, an important part of children’s preparation for adult life. The Policy Statement on
Relationships and Sex Education provides the basis for a whole Island policy on the teaching of sex education in primary and secondary schools, the University College Isle of Man (UCM) and the Youth Service. Copies of this policy and guidance notes are also available from:

Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Corporate Services Division

Thie Slieau Whallian

St John's

Isle of Man

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685808

Email:Send Email

Special Educational Needs

The policy of the Department is that special educational needs should be identified and met in mainstream situations wherever possible. Further details can be provided by:

SEN Services Manager

Department of Education Sport and Culture

Thie Slieau Whallian

St John's

Isle of Man

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 686085

Email:Send Email

 

Starting school

Pupils are admitted to schools' reception classes at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach their fifth birthday. To assist schools in the allocation of staff and the planning of resources, parents are required to register their child with a school. See also enrolling for school.

Each school sits within a catchment area. Any parent unsure which catchment area they reside in should to Maps and enter the information into 'address search', then click on 'local information' and view 'my school catchment'. Parents can contact the Department of Education, Sport and Culture:

Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Corporate Services Division

Thie Slieau Whallian

St John's

Isle of Man

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685808

Email:Send Email

Parents of children who will be 5 on or after 1 September 2024 should contact the relevant school as soon as possible to register their child for the start of the academic year 2024 -2025 which begins on Wednesday 4th September 2024

Student awards

Support may be available from the Department of Education, Sport and Culture for further and higher education courses. Applications are processed and administered by the Student Awards Section of the Department. See the Student grants page or contact:

Student Awards Section

Department of Education Sport and Culture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685822

Email:Send Email

The Department of Education, Sport & Culture has three Policy aims for Student Awards, these are:

  • No student who is able to benefit from higher education should be denied access due to affordability
  • Subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria, students should be able to choose their place and course of study
  • Funding should not be provided for a course previously undertaken

Subject Access Requests

Information we hold about you or your child can be requested by completing the Subject Access Request (SAR) form after reading DESC's SAR procedures and sending it to DPO-DESC@gov.im

It is necessary to prove the identity of requestors so that information is not passed on to the wrong person as indicated in the procedure document.

Information about how data is collected, used and retained can be found in the privacy notice on a school’s website and the Department’s privacy notice may give information.

Suspension

The arrangements for suspension from a school are being updated from 2 September 2019. The new policy can be downloaded from this page or a copy can be sent to you by contacting:

Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Corporate Services Division

Thie Slieau Whallian

St John's

Isle of Man

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685808

Email:Send Email

Swimming tuition

Key Stage 2 children are offered swimming tuition in the autumn and spring terms.

 

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