Date: Wednesday 18 October 2010 (NR/11/10)
Denroy Plastics provide inside knowledge for teachers
Yesterday the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), in conjunction with the Engineering Training Council (ETC), hosted an information day for teachers from schools throughout Northern Ireland at the world-renowned Denroy Plastics Limited.
This was part of CCEA’s Teacher Insight Visits programme, which supports the Learning for Life and Work (LLW) area of the curriculum. The insight visits are to organisations specifically selected outside the education sector and are tailored to the LLW and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) agendas.
This forward-thinking initiative allows teachers throughout NI to pass on their new-found insights of prominent organisations to their pupils. At Denroy Plastics Ltd teachers went behind the scenes to the factory floor to view the Denroy product range, including hair-care items and medical products. Also, Engineers, Designers and Marketers from Denroy gave teachers an interesting insight into their roles.
Vivienne Bannon, Learning for Life and Work at CCEA, commented:
Our Teacher Insight Visits expose teachers to areas that they would not normally come across and afford them a behind-the-scenes look at organisations. They are proving increasingly popular – both with schools and organisations - and we look to further engagement with local organisations.
Shirley McIlwaine, teacher at Regent House School, commented:
The Denroy insight day was an excellent event. It was very interesting to visit such a vibrant workplace which has so many diverse functions. The contributors were very focused in their delivery…all in all a very informative and enjoyable day.
Eugene Taylor, Technical Sales Manager at Denroy, commented:
These events, hosted by local employers expose teachers to areas that they would not normally come across and afford them a behind-the-scenes look at organisations. These visits have proved to be very popular – both with schools and organisations - and we look forward to organising more in the coming year.
Learning for Life and Work
Learning for Life and Work (LLW) became mandatory in schools in September 2007 as part of the revised curriculum and it focuses on preparing pupils for the world of work and adult life. For the past four years schools across NI have been leading the way and championing CCEA initiatives that help implement the programme fully.
LLW at key stage 3 incorporates four keys areas:
- Personal Development
- Home Economics
Dr Margaret Faulkner (Bangor Grammar), Gary Mason (St Malachy's High School), Alan Millar (Nendrum College), Seamus Tennyson (Holy Trinity College), CCEA’s Learning for Life and Work Manager Vivienne Bannon, Annie Millar from Engineering Training Council (ETC), and Padraig Barry (De La Salle High School).
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Note to Editors
CCEA is the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
CCEA places learners and those who have a concern for their educational and personal development at the forefront of its thinking. CCEA's mission is:
"To enable the full potential of all learners to be achieved and recognised"
What we do
CCEA is a unique educational body in the UK , bringing together the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment.
Advising Government – on what should be taught in Northern Ireland ’s schools and colleges.
Monitoring Standards – ensuring that the qualifications and examinations offered by awarding bodies in Northern Ireland are of an appropriate quality and standard.
– as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body we offer a diverse range of qualifications, such as GCSEs, including the new GCSE Double Award specifications in vocational subjects, GCE A and AS levels, Entry Level Qualifications, and Graded Objectives in Modern Languages.
- CCEA also offers a range of Awards and Certificates in Education, Training and Skills (ACETS) targeted at learners who want to get
the knowledge, understanding and skills needed
to hit the ground running in the world of work.