19th August 2003




Support staff working in schools across the east midlands will have the chance to get together and discuss professional issues next month.


The second annual conference for support staff in the region’s schools is to be held on Wednesday 24th September at St Mary's School on Pottergate in Lincoln.


The conference is being staged by the East Midlands Association of Support Staff in Schools (EMASSS) and supported by the International Institute for Education Leadership at the University of Lincoln.


“The government is constantly playing up the role of support staff in schools, and they do an amazing job,” said Professor Trevor Kerry, President of EMASSS and Emeritus Professor at the University of Lincoln.


“This is one of the rare chances they have to meet and share a social and educational occasion. The east midlands and the University of Lincoln are leading the way in catering for support personnel.”


Keynote speaker at the conference will be Arthur Parsons, whose theme is behaviour management.


Delegates will be also able to choose two workshops from a range which includes aspects of science teaching in school, environmental education, presentation skills and coping with pressure.


This year the conference will be school-based and will run in the evening. It is hoped this will enable many support staff to attend who cannot negotiate release during the school day.


Places are limited and early booking is advisable. If you would like to attend the conference contact Geraldine Bristow on Lincoln 01522 886696 or email gbristow@lincoln.ac.uk


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For more information contact:

Professor Trevor Kerry on Lincoln 688612           email tkconsultancy@eggconnect.net

or Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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