The Department of Education, Sport and Culture operates the Island’s 37 schools – 32 primaries and 5 secondaries – and the University College Isle of Man (UCM), which offers professional, exam/degree and recreational courses for adults.
It works with other Government Departments and agencies to deliver services for children, including safeguarding and needs-based assistance.
It runs the Youth Service, which offers play and youth clubs and special projects, Adventure Education at two outdoor learning centres, the Youth Arts Centre and Café Laare.
It runs Manx Sport and Recreation, the NSC and Manx Arts Development and is the sponsoring Department for the semi-autonomous bodies Isle of Man Sport and the Isle of Man Arts Council.
Public urged to participate in Education Bill consultation
The Isle of Man Government is seeking feedback from members of the public on a draft Education Bill.
The draft Bill which has been drafted by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC), will replace the current Education Act 2001, subject to Tynwald approval, and see a number of key changes to the legislation.
The changes will reflect education practice both in the UK and other jurisdictions, and also seeks to be progressive where possible.
Among some of the changes being proposed are:
- Changes to standards for behaviour of pupils
- Changes to home education arrangements
- Inspection of schools
- School attendance
- Provisions relating to young people with additional educational needs
The New Education Bill consultation will close on 20 March 2019.