Mrs Penny Bowers, Deputy Headteacher of Prince Andrew Secondary Community School on the Island of St Helena is undertaking an overseas training placement in the UK (6 June – 19 August 2015) based in Shrewsbury.
Penny’s programme includes working alongside Headteachers and staff in schools within the Shropshire Local Authority to help her to further enhance her skills, knowledge and experience. Penny is also attending conferences in London and receiving bespoke training sessions from advisors within the Shropshire Local Authority.
Penny is also hoping to undertake the NPQH with Edge Hill University while she is in the UK and then she will complete this via distance learning when she returns to the Island.
Penny is fully supported by CIDT during her stay and so far she has reported that she has already gained a lot of new ideas and strategies that will help her to raise standards and achievement within Prince Andrew School when she returns to the Island.
Penny’s journey to the UK took almost a week as the Island is currently one of the most remote places in the world to access. It is only accessible by Royal Mail Ship that takes five days to travel to and from the Island from Capetown and three days to and from Ascension Island. In 2016, the newly built airport will be operational and will drastically change the face of Island communication and access.