The RPII on the Road...
It's already been a busy autumn season for Noel as he has been up, down and around the country on behalf of the RPII, visiting several conferences and exhibitions. He has met many local councillors, primary headteachers, secondary headteachers and others who are responsible for the upkeep and inspection of playground and play facilities.
It has been a great opportunity for the RPII to promote and explain more about new Schools Qualification, launched at the October NAHT Conference in Manchester. The RPII identified a need for a new qualification which is specifically aimed at schools managing the routine and operational inspections of their outdoor playgrounds. This 3 year, RPII accredited qualification is an image based written and practical assessment, which can be carried out at one of our examination centres.
Noel has been to the following conferences and exhibitions;
NAHT 16th October - Manchester
NAHT is an independent trade union and professional association representing over 28,500 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members hold leadership positions in early years; primary; special and secondary schools; independent schools; sixth form and FE colleges; outdoor education centres; pupil referral units, social services establishments and other educational settings.
This was a great opportunity to attend lots of informative seminars and learn about what's happening in our schools.. particularly important as we launch our new qualification for Routine and Operational Inspections of school play areas.
SLCC Conference 4th November – Leeds
The Society of Local Council Clerks is the professional body for local council clerks. Its membership is steadily growing and now represents clerks to over 4500 councils in England and Wales. This was another great opportunity to meet councillors and encourage them to always use approved inspectors in their schools and public areas.
Saltex 4-5th November - NEC, Birmingham
Saltex 2015 is the UK's national event for grounds care, sports, amenities, estates and green space management. RPII were there to represent inspectors and remind owners of these spaces that by using accredited playground inspectors, providers can be sure that they meet the strict criteria set by the RPII and that they've been fully trained to conduct inspections to the required levels of competence.
NAHT Regional Conference 10th November – Stafford