11th October 2001




New recruits have been flocking to join the new East Midlands Association of Support Staff in Schools (EMASSS) which was set up last week.


More than fifty school support staff have signed up to the association, which has been founded by Professor Trevor Kerry of the University of Lincoln’s International Institute for Educational Leadership.


The group is open to paid support staff in schools as well as to unpaid personnel who support school learning, such as parent volunteers and school governors.


“We are delighted that 52 people have already signed up to join, and there are another thirty enquiries in the pipeline,” said Prof Kerry. “The level of response shows just how big a need there was for this service.”


The aims of EMASSS are to provide access to in-service courses and a forum in which support workers can share views and opinions about their role. Prof Kerry hopes that training opportunities will develop over time, involving accredited training from the University of Lincoln and from other providers at various levels and to suit a variety of needs.


Plans to put the association onto a more formal footing will be discussed at a meeting later this term. “My vision is that the members themselves will run the association and eventually contract their own training programme,” said Prof Kerry.


Meanwhile, the IIEL’s conference service unit is promoting two courses aimed at support staff as part of a programme which it hopes to develop over the coming year.  ‘Developing Literacy and Numeracy Skills’ takes place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on  Friday 9th November at Horncastle College, and ‘Supporting the Learning of Able Pupils’ is to be held at South Hykeham Primary School from 9.45am until 12.30pm on Saturday 10th November.



Further details about the conferences or about EMASSS are available by calling 01522 886085 or by emailing dholland@lincoln.ac.uk


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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