Trellech Primary School welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams on Friday 13th July. The Cabinet Secretary met with Monmouthshire County Council’s newly appointed Cluster Business Managers and Head teachers to discuss the success of a three year pilot project to provide dedicated support for leaders and teachers.
The pilot project has been has been jointly funded by Welsh Government and the Local Authority to provide business management and support for all Primary Schools in the county. Monmouthshire is one of 11 areas who have been successful to gain the grant of £65,000 from Welsh Government and match funded by the council.
The Business Managers help head teachers to focus more on the school community, making their role in the school a more hands on and pupil focused.
Monmouthshire’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Richard John said
‘The project has been running in all our primary schools for several months and our headteachers are already beginning to see the benefits. Business managers have been working closely with schools to look for budget savings and to reduce the administration burden for headteachers. I welcome this funding as it is so important to support school leaders, enabling more time and resources for teaching so young people in Monmouthshire have the best chance to achieve their potential.’
Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said:
“Teachers and headteachers need to be able to concentrate on the roles that they are best equipped to perform, roles that they trained for, roles that made them want to become teachers in the first place.
“There are many things that can get in the way of this and teachers frequently tell me about the pressures they face due to workload.
“We have listened and that’s why, last year, I announced funding of £642,000 for the School Business Manager project. Coupled with match-funding from Local Authorities this means that over £1.2 million is available for pilots in eleven areas.
“I’m very pleased to hear that this funding is already making a difference for headteachers in Monmouthshire and look forward to hearing more about how the project’s part in raising standards and improving schools.”