Award shows people matter;School Management

12th February 1999 at 00:00
Auchenlodment Primary in Renfrewshire has become the 11th school in Scotland to win an Investors in People award, which recognises an organisation's efforts to improve staff performance.

The school, which has 355 pupils, 40 nursery children and 26 staff, worked in partnership with Renfrewshire Council's education department, Scottish Power and Renfrewshire Enterprise, and had to demonstrate that it had a framework to:

* develop employees to achieve its business objectives;

* review the training needs of all employees;

* develop individuals on recruitment and throughout their employment;

* evaluate investment in training and development to assess achievement and improve effectiveness.

The school submitted its statement of intent in December 1997 and set itself 12 months to achieve its aims. Final assessment took place in November, and the report was submitted to the IIP panel in December.

The final report says: "Auchenlodment had been developing and evaluating processes for staff development over a five-year period. The school demonstrated an embedded and regularly reviewed set of procedures. These ensure training and development activities are linked to and assessed against the aims of the organisation. Training and development opportunities exist for all members of the school community. Staff discussed in detail the processes that support their individual development, and the benefits these bring to the organisation."

The director of education for Renfrewshire, Shelagh Rae, says: "The whole school staff was commended for its positive attitude toward training and development and for sharing their experiences and knowledge with others."

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