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Isle of Man education system praised in recent visit

Thursday, 2 May 2019

The quality and diversity of education in schools in the Isle of Man has been praised following a recent visit from Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research at The Edge Foundation.

The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity dedicated to shaping education in the UK.

The focus of the visit, which took place at the beginning of April, was to research and gain an insight into the education system on the Isle of Man.

Following the visit, Olly Newton praised the Isle of Man Government’s innovative approach to learning.

In his recently published blog, Olly Newton summarised:

‘The Isle of Man presents an excellent example of what can flourish when schools are released from the strictures of the rigid EBacc and academic curriculum. Head teachers with greater autonomy, a broader curriculum, inter-disciplinary learning and early access to vocational opportunities – all giving young people on the Isle of Man more opportunities to develop the skills that our research shows that employers are looking for.’

Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:

‘We are committed to ensuring that our students are equipped with the skills they need in preparation for the workplace. The education system on the Isle of Man focuses on providing broad parameters for schools to develop flexible, exciting and memorable learning experiences and positive learning disposition. The Essentials for Learning framework drives this in schools around the Island and its welcomed news to hear that The Edge Foundation recognise our approach.'

To read Olly Newton’s blog in full, click here.

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