October 10, 2008

Governor Happy He Returned to Education

A RETIRED council worker has returned to education to ensure future generations of pupils get the most out of their school days.

Tony Powell, who left school aged 15, has gained his first qualification at the age of 60 to help him in his role as vice- chairman of governors of two Cardiff high schools. He is believed to be the only person in South Wales to gain the Advanced Btec award in School Governance run by Essex County Council.

The qualification aims to improve communication skills and help governors to plan better, work better with teaching staff as well as have a greater insight into school management.

Mr Powell, from Cathays, became a parent governor in 2001 at Cathays High and later became the LEA governor at the secondary school. When he retired from his job as a courier for Cardiff council he decided to become a governor at Willows High, Tremorfa. He is now vice-chairman of governors at both schools.

"I really enjoy being a governor," he said. "It has given me opportunities and experiences I would not otherwise have had from being on interviewpanels, on disciplinary panels and gaining this qualification.

"I left school with no qualifications. It was a big decision to return to education."

Cathays High had sponsored Mr Powell's course fees and nowhe believes he can pay back the support of both headteachers with the new skills he has learned.

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