Professional Learning Academy takes top public service award
Posted on 7 Dec 2018
North Ayrshire Council’s Professional Learning Academy is celebrating success after winning the Employee Development and Skills Award at the fifth annual Scottish Public Service Awards on Wednesday, December 5 at the Scottish Parliament.
The awards, run by Holyrood magazine in conjunction with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, celebrate the work of the country’s public servants, recognising and rewarding best practice, teamwork and clear leadership.
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: "We are delighted that North Ayrshire's Professional Learning Academy has been awarded the Employee Development and Skills Award from the Scottish Public Services Awards.
“We are extremely proud of the work of the whole team to improve outcomes for young people living in North Ayrshire."
Based at Auchenharvie Academy in Stevenston, the Professional Learning Academy was established in November 2016 to support teaching staff in closing the poverty-related attainment gap in North Ayrshire through career-long professional learning.
An Education Scotland Inspection Report published in July of this year noted that the PLA ‘had helped staff across the authority access a wide range of high-quality professional learning activities which are helping to raise attainment, particularly for those from the most deprived backgrounds’.
Since 2016, the team at the PLA has engaged with all North Ayrshire Primary Schools, working with 1,978 staff and impacting on the learning experiences of 2,506 children and young people during academic session 2017-18.