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Education in the Falkland Islands

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Education in the Falkland Islands

    Education in

    the Falkland

    Islands

Schooling is free and compulsory for all children between the Stanley Infant/Junior School is conveniently sited in the centre

    ages of 4+ 16 years. The Falkland Islands Government of town. The main school block was constructed in 1955 with

    provides staff, equipment and supplies for education large modern extensions being added in 1990, 1996 and throughout the Islands, has a primary and a secondary school 2002. It is a well resourced, forward looking school with full

    in Stanley and operates two small settlement schools on large curriculum provision for pupils from pre-school to Year 6. The farms. Other rural pupils are taught individually or in families latest school inspection adjudged the quality of education as

    in their home settings. satisfactory to good.

In Stanley the two schools are of United Kingdom standard In the rural areas, known as Camp, younger children either

    using English methods and examination systems. The attend the small settlement schools or are visited by one of a primary school has approximately 240 pupils of 4+ 11 years. team of 2 travelling teachers for two out of every six weeks.

    Numbers on roll fluctuate, so it is difficult to be 100% accurate. Settlement and Travelling teachers receive support from the The Falkland Islands Community has 140 pupils in the 11-16 main provision based in Stanley. Currently the central unit age range. Again numbers on roll fluctuate. Both are fully conducts individual daily lessons via the telephone and also

    inclusive comprehensive schools. Many teachers come from helps by setting homework for children between travelling

    Britain, Australia or New Zealand, although there are also local teachers’ visits.

    teachers all of whom have received training in the United

    Kingdom.

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    Older Camp Children attend school in Stanley and live in a Currently, the Training Unit of the service provides a range of boarding hostel staffed by a Senior Houseparent, a Matron, accredited and non accredited courses for the community.

    four Houseparents and others. In early 1985 small, purpose There is a joint public and school library which is located in the built, dormitories were opened for up to 65 pupils aged Community School. There is also a Sports Centre with a

    between 9 and 16. There is also ample accommodation for modern heated swimming pool which adjoins the Community dining, study and recreational activities. School. This Centre, which has three badminton/short tennis

     courts in the sports hall, a gymnasium and a squash court, is The Falkland Islands Community School, which opened in open to the public when not in use by the school. 1992, offers a range of GCSE and vocational options. All

    school leavers receive a Record of Achievement which The School Year in Stanley is divided into three terms each

    identifies their positive achievements during their time at having a half term break. This mirrors the schooling pattern school. Falkland Islanders who obtain a required number of found in the northern hemisphere. The school year begins in GCSE or vocational passes at grades A* C or equivalent are September. However, the long six week holiday follows the funded for A Level or vocational courses at Peter Symonds’ first term in December and therefore remains in the Falklands Sixth Form College, Winchester, Chichester College FE, Summer.

    Chichester or at alternative schools by parental request.

     Camp terms are similar but may vary a little in accordance An Adult Education programme is being re-instated and it is with local requirements. envisaged that the range of course provision will widen in

    response to need. Within the community there are many clubs

    and societies which range from Shooting and golf through

    amateur dramatics to spinning and weaving and watercolour

    painting.

    STANLEY INFANT/JUNIOR SCHOOL

FACILITIES AND ORGANISATION There is a recommended, but not compulsory, school uniform

     which is available here in the Falklands. It is polo shirts,

    The School has over 240 pupils between 3 and 11 years with jogging bottoms and sweatshirts/hoodies. 16 teachers, including the Headteacher and a shared Special

    Needs Coordinator with the Community School with a support CURRICULUM AND PASTORAL CARE team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). All teachers are

    fully-qualified from the UK, New Zealand or Australia, with The Primary School Curriculum in The Falkland Islands is

    local teachers having been trained in the UK. A Speech and based on the framework for National Curriculum in England

    Language Therapist spends four days a week in School and with adaptations to accommodate the local context. In line

    there are regular contacts with Hospital staff. Some Music with England, students take National Curriculum SATs at the and Mathematics are taught by specialist teachers from FICS. end of Key Stage 1 and 2 (7 years and 11 years). Results for

     these assessments are above the UK average. The school has large, well equipped classrooms each having

    two multi-media computers and printers. The school has a There is a large range of after school activities including computer suite. All computers are networked and have a Brownies & Guides, Cubs, Sea Cadets, Choir, Recorders, broadband connect to the internet. The school is in the Drama, Knitting, Journalism, Watch Group. Past Finders, PE,

    process of installing interactive whiteboard throughout. Some Netball, Football and Swimming Club. classrooms are also equipped with TV, DVD and video

    facilities. There is a well stocked library and a spacious school The School has a vibrant Parents’ Association which supports

    hall is used for PE, Drama and other activities. Generous the school in a variety of ways including raising money. They

    funding provides well maintained modern buildings, ample have donated camping equipment, digital cameras, climbing books and equipment and plentiful resource materials. The wall and playground tables. school has superb playground facilities. Use is also made of

    the Community School’s playing field, sports hall and indoor Stanley is a small enough community to enable school staff to

    heated swimming pool. have regular contact with parents and with appropriate outside

     agencies. A Speech and Language therapist spends

    Classes are organised in year groups from pre-school to Year approximately 3 days a week in the school and an Educational 6. Depending on intake numbers year groups are organised Psychologist visits the Islands twice a year. into one or two classes. The maximum class size is 30. A

    Specialist Music teacher works in the School for the equivalent COMMITMENT

    of one day each week.

     The Staff are involved in regular meetings with their

     colleagues in the school as well as liaising with staff from the

    Community School and Camp Education. All parents receive a

    written report on their children in the third term of the year

    while parents' consultation evenings are held in each of the

    first two terms. The ethos of Stanley Infant/Junior School is

    one of learning and fun. Pupils enjoy going to a school where

    their educational attainment and welfare are uppermost in the

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    minds of the Headteacher and staff.

    There is a thriving Parents Association which raised over

    ?5,500 in the last year.

    TRAVELLING TEACHERS IN THE FALKLAND ISLANDS

CAMP

    In the Falkland Islands the term Camp is used to describe all The teacher arrives at the location and will teach in the home,

    the areas outside Stanley. The Falklands comprise two main or in a separate ‘schoolroom’ building. Teaching takes place islands, East and West Falkland, and several hundred smaller over a 4? hour teaching day or, in case of pre-school children, islands, a number of which are inhabited. These islands cover will depend on liaison between travelling and telephone staff

    an area about half the size of Wales but are much more and also the parents. However, it is essential that teaching spread out. From Stanley in the East to New Island in the staff remain flexible and, within reason, fit in with the day to

    West is a distance of some 150 Miles. On East and West day requirements of the farm. Falkland there are about 200 miles of largely un-surfaced

    roads and travel across Camp is by four wheel drive vehicle, Before arriving in Camp the traveller should have been briefed

    motorbike or horse. Internal air transport is provided by nine-by the pupil's telephone teacher on what work has been

    seater Islander aircraft and for many travelling teachers this is covered and what areas might be looked at. Liaison between

    a key mode of transport when moving around their beats. the travelling and telephone teachers is an essential ingredient

    The terrain is rugged, hilly and often desolate. It can, however, for continuity and progression. Travelling teachers should be extremely beautiful. This is the background against which receive a report from the telephone teacher at the beginning of

    the travelling teacher works. a visit and should provide a report for the telephone teacher at

     the end of the visit. CAMP EDUCATION

     Camp based staff may be brought into Stanley for seminars,

    Camp Education is for all children who do not live in Stanley workshops and staff meetings and it is arranged that travelling

    and is based at the IJS site in Stanley. Some children attend teachers will have to travel through Stanley as a part of their

    two settlement schools at North Arm and Goose Green. beat. School holidays are the same as for the mainstream staff

    Others are educated at home having a Travelling Teacher for in Stanley. The service retains a house in Stanley for the

    2 weeks and 4 weeks of telephone lessons. We hope that on accommodation of Travelling Teachers when they are in town.

    the completion of the installation of broadband internet to

    camp we can use computers instead of telephones. Travelling teachers receive a disruption allowance, as they

     have to live in very close contact with their families, and board

    Most Camp children come to live in Stanley House, a hostel and lodging costs. In the past it has been found that teachers

    close to IJS when they are 9 or 10 years of age. who can involve themselves in the life of the farms tend to

     gain most enjoyment and satisfaction from their visits. Being a

    A few Camp children live in isolated settlements. Others live travelling teacher is a challenging opportunity and one that is

    on isolated farms. There are 20 pre-school, infant and junior likely to be totally different from anything ever experienced

    aged children in Camp and the majority are taught by a before. It can be a very rewarding experience, and is certainly combination of travelling teacher and telephone lessons. A one that will bring a totally new perspective to life and work as

    few pupils are taught in the two settlement schools at Goose a teacher.

    Green and North Arm. Telephone teachers are based both in

    Stanley and at the settlement schools and they work with the

    Travelling Teachers in educating the more isolated pupils.

Travelling teachers will usually have a beat of three locations

    and the school -aged population at a location will usually be

    one or two pupils. A teacher will stay at each location for two

    weeks, and a single circuit of a beat therefore takes about six

    weeks.

    FALKLAND ISLANDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    FACILITIES CURRICULUM

     The Falkland Islands Community School is a fully inclusive Years 7 to 9 comprehensive school which caters for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 11 and 16 as well as providing an Pupils transfer from IJS/Camp to the Community School at the educational and recreational resource for the community as a start of the academic year in September. On entering the whole. In addition to general classrooms there are two school, pupils are placed in two mixed ability groups. Group Science Laboratories, a Music Room with three practice numbers are low, the average class size being 15. rooms and specially designed and equipped rooms for Art, Information Communication Technology, Design Technology, The curriculum followed is broadly similar to the National Food Technology and Textiles. Curriculum studied by pupils in England but the content of the Programmes of Study has been adapted, where appropriate, The Community School incorporates the Community Library to take account of the unique opportunities presented by the and exists alongside the Leisure Centre, which is managed history and environment of the Falkland Islands. Spanish is separately. The Leisure Centre includes a 25 metre Swimming taken by all Key Stage 3 pupils. Pool, Sports Hall, a Squash court and a Cardio-Vascular suite

    as well as outdoor facilities for football and athletics. The

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library is well stocked with books divided equally between

    fiction and non fiction as well as a varied selection of videos

    and CD ROMs.

    Years 10 and 11 EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    A full range of curriculum subjects are offered as GCSE Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of examination choices for pupils in Key Stage 4. In addition extra-curricular activities both after school and during the

    some pupils choose vocational options and study Key Skills lunch break. Among the activities available are design courses. The latter is being developed further to widen the technology club, basketball, cookery club, five-a-side football, curriculum. indoor hockey, music club. Students also take part in camping

     and other outdoor pursuits and the school stages dramatic

    All students continue to benefit from PSHE courses which productions, and concerts. include a Falkland Islands citizenship dimension. POST-16 PROVISION Candidates are entered for GCSE examinations set by the University of Cambridge International Examinations EDEXCEL Falkland Islanders who achieve specified qualifications and OCR but this is subject to review and change in the next at Level 2 (GCSE and equivalent) can apply for Falkland few years.

    Islands Government grants to continue their education to Advanced Level and beyond. The majority of students WORK EXPERIENCE apply to either Peter Symonds' College in Winchester or Chichester College of FE, with whom the Islands has All pupils have the opportunity to gain work experience. With long standing partnerships. Occasionally parents select the help of local employers the school has created a data base other Colleges for which they receive equivalent of work placements. Students choose a placement and apply funding. The Falkland Islands Government generously for the post in just the same way as they would when applying

    for a real job. This gives them valuable experience in the supports students who qualify for Higher Education correct way to make initial contact with employers, complete courses. application forms and write letters of application and Curricula Vitae. Employers interview the applicants and offer Any member of the community wishing to improve their placements. While students are on work experience they are educational qualifications by gaining additional GCSE visited by staff from the school. The students keep a diary of examination passes is welcome to join any of the their experience and this, together with the employers report, courses on offer at GCSE. The Community School was is included in their Record of Achievement. approved as an Open University Centre in 1996. PASTORAL ORGANISATION FURTHER INFORMATION Two members of staff have responsibility for oversight Further information is available from the Director of of the pastoral system. This has recently been reviewed Education, Education Department, Stanley Cottage, and revised and new programmes of study formulated. Ross Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands, FIQQ 1ZZ Form tutors have a key role to play in the pastoral system to ensure that the safety and well being of Tel: 00500 27289 students is maintained. For sporting and other events Fax: 00500 27292 pupils are divided into two Houses, Fitzroy and Ross.

    E-mail: Inter-house matches take place in a great variety of LMcMullen.edu@sec.gov.fk sports including badminton, basketball, cross country

    running, football, indoor hockey, netball, short tennis Or Falkland Islands Government Office, 14 Broadway,

    and swimming. Westminster, London, SW1H 0BH

Support for pupils with SEN is managed by the SENCO Tel: 020 7222 2542

    who has oversight of the special needs requirements Fax: 020 7222 2375

    throughout the schooling system. Two specialist special E-mail: recruitment@falklands.gov.fk needs teachers provide additional support as does the team of Learning Support Assistants. The special needs of pupils include those with autistic spectrum conditions

    to the gifted and talented. Wherever possible these

    pupils are taught within the mainstream setting.

January 2009

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