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28.07.05
School Staff Supported, Involved And Valued

A Cornish school that takes pride in making staff feel supported, involved and valued has been recognised as an Investor in People. Germoe Community Primary School, which employs a team of 11, in the village of Germoe near Helston, has been supported through the Investors in People process by Business Link for Devon and Cornwall.

The school of 59 pupils, aged 5-11, committed to the Investors in People standard in September 2004, as part of an ongoing drive to raise its performance by focusing on the training needs of all staff. Germoe Community Primary School also sought external recognition for good practices that have helped the school to build a reputation for an open and inclusive style of management.

Headteacher Ian Fellows says: "We are delighted to be successfully assessed against the Investors in People standard. Working with Business Link, we have gained considerably from the process. More of our staff have become involved in the running of the school and we continue to extend to all staff, including teachers, teaching assistants, mealtime assistants and administrative staff. We are now much more of a community. Investors in People has brought the whole school together, sharing our ethos of being warm, friendly and welcoming, not just for the children but for staff and parents."

The culture of training and teambuilding has brought benefits to all areas of school life. The most recent OFSTED report praises Germoe Community Primary School for "the quality of relationships and family atmosphere" and notes that pupils have made good progress, particularly in english and mathematics.

Staff at all levels have opportunities to develop their careers and to extend expertise by pursuing external courses. Teaching assistant Maggie Harrison, for example, has recently completed the NVQ for her role, while her colleague Charity Wilson is about to leave Germoe to pursue a post graduate certificate in education, with a view to a career in teaching. Another teaching assistant Denise Rusga has recently completed a programme to improve strategies for coping with behavioural problems. Mr Fellows has been able to compile a register of gifted and talented pupils after attending a Primary Leadership programme.

In recommending recognition as an Investor in People, assessor Jenni Brady noted: "There is a very open and approachable management style apparent. People feel supported, involved and valued."

In Devon and Cornwall, Investors in People for all organisations is supported by Business Link for Devon and Cornwall who can be contacted on 0845 600 9966.

For further information please contact Carolyn Daw on 01566 771863 or 07866 697057 or email: cdaw@marketing-pr.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Business Link Devon and Cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

For further information on Investors in People please contact Triscia Sawyer on 0845 600 9966 on Germoe Community Primary School, please contact Mr Ian Fellows on 01736 763310.

Notes to Editors:
Investors in People is the national quality Standard awarded to organisations which enhance their performance through their people.
Over the past 12 years independent research has consistently shown that the standard helps businesses and organisations improve earnings, productivity and profitability.

Investors in People is the national quality Standard awarded to organisations that have been able to link their organisational aims with the way in which their people have been developed and have tangible results to show for it.

Business Link for Devon and Cornwall delivers both the Investors in People standard and the national Business Link service to the region under contract from Investors in People UK Ltd and the South West Regional Development Agency respectively. The Standard is awarded by Investors in People UK Ltd through Quality South West Ltd, the approved body for the South West region.

Business Link Devon and Cornwall provide a free information and enquiry service via an information gateway on the web www.blinkdandc.com and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and those considering starting a business. Additionally It provides impartial business advice and support through a network of partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register of independent business practitioners.

Business Link has received Objective One investment (European Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve performance and grow.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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