Kevin Donaghy, principal of St Colman’s Primary School Annaclone last week attended the 10th annual “Teachers’ Institute” event in the Houses of Parliament.
In the ten years since it was launched, “Teachers’ Institute” has trained more than 500 teachers, from all parts of the UK, giving them skills and knowledge of Parliament to pass on to their students and fellow teachers.
Fully funded by Parliament’s Education Service, Mr Donaghy will get to meet the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, participate in a question and answer session with the Speaker and hear from parliamentarians of all parties about their first experience of the Commons and Lords.
John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “I am proud that this excellent initiative, now in its tenth year, continues to provide such an invaluable service. Better engagement and dialogue with young people is of fundamental importance to our democracy, and I am sure that the teachers attending will find the experience enlightening.”
Margaret Ritche, MP for South Down, said: “I am delighted that Kevin Donaghy who is Principal of St Colman’s Primary School, Annaclone is participating in the “Teachers’ Institute” in the House of Commons.
“Mr Donaghy is a man of considerable foresight who has pioneered many European and other initiatives in his school and as a result the numbers of pupils have increased.
“He possesses a broader holistic vision for education for young children and undoubtedly will gain much from participation in the “Teachers’ Institute’.
“Kevin will also bring much experience and learning to the Institute as well. His participation will immensely benefit his pupils, staff and the wider school community in St Colman’s”.