The Develop Talent driver group have been meeting regularly to find the best ways to meet their set driver objectives as outlined in the Stratgic Report. Their progress is recorded below:



a. Objective Progress
  • Steady improvement in external examination results for Year 12 students in government schools (percentage achieving 5 or more Level 2 passes): 49% in 2012; 45% in 2011; 39% in 2010; 38% 2009; 30% in 2008; 27% in 2007)
 
  • Restructured government secondary education to create two 7-11 high schools in Grand Cayman, changing from a middle and high school structure Established the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC), offering the following new programmes for Year 12 students:
    • Academic Completion Programme: allows students to complete academic before graduation with re-sits of external examinationso  
    • TVET programme: provides students with internationally recognized qualifications in the following areas: Creative Media Production; Motor Vehicle Repair; Business; Information TecTechnology; Children’s Care, Learning, Development; Travel and Tourism; Hairdressing; Horticulture; Vocational Studies, Health and Social Care (HSA certified Health Aide) 
    • Dual-Entry Programme: an accelerated programme, which allows entry to advanced programmes while in compulsory education (Associate Degrees and A Level studies), for students who have completed all of their high school academic requirements (5 Level 2 passes , including English and Maths),

  • Restructured Ministry and Department of Education Services (DES), to enhance the Ministry’s policy and planning capabilities and to focus the DES on implementing policy and supporting school improvement.

  • Introduced a literacy strategy to tackle underachievement in English, in 2011

  • Introduced in 2012 a new programme and training for teachers, to tackle underachievement in mathematics, in partnership with the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants (CISPA)

  • Established a new data unit and data strategy, to improve the collection and use of data, to help schools and students improve

  • Launched a range of programmes to support At-Risk students,  including BEST (Behaviour and Educational Support Teams) and free, extended after-school programmes for students in primary and secondary government schools, serving over 1000 students in 2011

  • Developed the first National Professional Standards for Teachers

  • Established new High School Graduation criteria, to include academic criteria for the first time

  • Conducted campaigns on valuing educators and education, through private/public sector collaborations

  • Implemented the first phase of a National Qualifications Framework, to help employers, students and parents compare different types of qualifications

  • Sir John A. Cumber Primary School became the first government school in the entire Caribbean region to receive their International Baccalaureate (IB) Authorisation for the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

  • Launched new internationally recognized Post Graduate Certificate of Education, in partnership with the University of Sunderland, to train local graduates who want to be primary teachers

  • Made significant improvements to the physical plant at primary and secondary, with:
    • Opening of new Clifton Hunter High School (2012)
    • A new hall at East End Primary (2011)
    • 2 new classrooms at Layman E Scott Senior High School on the Brac (2012)
    • 4 new primary classroom blocks (2012)

  • Progress towards the goal of developing a world-class early childhood care and education system in the Cayman Islands:

  • Established an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) unit in May 2011

  • Introduced a new CI Early Years Curriculum Framework

  • 115 Early Years practitioners, from government and private sector agencies, completed new Introduction to Early Years training programme; 177 practitioners completed training programme on implementing new Early Years Curriculum Framework

  • Reintroduced Reception classes in 4 government primary schools in September 2012

  • Completed first round of baseline formal inspections of pre-schools


  • Private/Public sector collaborations for Parent Education and Information Fair in 2011 coordinated by Early Childhood Association

  • Early childhood conference by CI Early Childhood Association held in October 2011, and parents’ workshop on supporting their children through life with music and play in 2012

  • The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) system was established in May 2011. Visits to all pre-schools and reception classes have been completed and formal inspections of all but three pre-schools have been completed. Clear development priorities have been identified for each early years setting.
    
  • The first annual Parent Education and Information Fair was introduced in May 2011 as part of the Month of the Young Child with excellent private sector participation and positive public response.
 
  • Successful early childhood conference by CI Early Childhood Association held in October 2011.
 
  • First national early year’s curriculum framework launched by Ministry in December 2011. A new training programme on implementing the new curriculum framework to be launched between January to April 2012.
 

b. Objective Progress
  • A pilot programme to support the introduction of a new national workforce development strategy is being developed using an action learning model. The proposal will be developed and reviewed by the group by mid-January 2012.
 
  • Strategy drafted for piloting of ACT Work Keys and Key Train programmes to various key groups. Materials for presentations to pilot organizations being developed.


c. Objective Progress
  • Launched a new Deloitte Work Readiness BTEC course at CIFEC , September 2012
 
  • Established 3-person Careers Advisory Unit at CIFEC, to enhance career assessments, guidance and counseling for students
 
  • Introduced Employers Forum and Careers Fair at CIFEC
 
  • Launched Passport2Success, a successful and innovative and holistic training programme, which tackles barriers to unemployment for young people
 
  • Launched a new website, www.showmethemoney.ky, in August 2012 to provide residents with information about scholarship and training opportunities that exist in the public and private sectors. The Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Education and C.I. Students Association collaborated on the project.
 
  • Introduced new National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA); capabilities being developed for more effective assessment, training and support for Caymanians actively seeking employment and to advance a national workforce development agenda
 
  • Introduced a pilot work readiness programme in NWDA and select private sector organisations, to test Career Ready/Work Keys
 
  • The Education Ministry in partnership with DMS broadcasting, Radio Cayman and other media outlets, launched public education campaign on “Valuing Education” at all levels in May-July 2011. Ministry is planning and seeking similar levels of support for a new “Valuing Achievement” campaign for November release.
 
  • Education and educators honoured as theme for 2012 National Heroes Day celebration.
 
  • The Education Ministry is currently consulting on professional standards for teachers and principals within the Cayman Islands Education system. This will help to inform the criteria for the Golden Apple Awards for Teachers.
 
  • A new website, www.showmethemoney.ky, is being developed to provide residents with information about scholarship and training opportunities that exist in the public and private sectors. The Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Education and C.I. Students Association are working collaboratively on the project.