Bute staff receive Professional Development Awards

Education staff were presented with their SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) in Education Support at an awards ceremony in Inverary recently.
Education staff were presented with their SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) in Education Support at an awards ceremony in Inverary recently.

Four Bute education staff attended an awards ceremony in Inveraray last week to receive their SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) in Education Support.

Roslyn Redpath, Principal Educational Psychologist, presented the certificates on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council to 22 classroom and additional support needs assistants before congratulating the candidates on their hard work and commitment.

Among the 22 staff members were Donna Dunn and Laura McGregor from Rothesay Joint Campus, and Lorraine Walker and Terri Lench from St Andrew’s Primary School.

The assistants all contribute to the learning and the health and wellbeing of pupils across Argyll and Bute and have recently finished nearly two years of accredited training, including practical work in schools, closed book assessments and personal study.

The PDA course is designed to support classroom assistants and additional support needs assistants in developing their role in schools and in gaining a wider range of knowledge and skills in relation to pupils with additional support needs.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Rory Colville said: “I would like to congratulate all the candidates for putting in so much hard work and effort, much of which was during their own time, to achieve this award for the benefit of the young people of Argyll and Bute.

“This course requires a lot of dedication and I wish them every success in their careers.”