SBC celebrates dedication and commitment of local achievers

THE work of more than 70 staff were celebrated at Scottish Borders Council’s annual Achievers Awards last Friday.

Education spokesman Councillor George Turnbull and director Glenn Rodger praised the professional credits gained by teachers, community learning and development workers, librarians and others at the ceremony held in the department.

Councillor Turnbull said: “It takes dedication and commitment to study for qualifications whilst also working and maintaining family life: I congratulate and thank all of the staff who have been given awards in recognition of the efforts they have made to their ongoing professional development.”

Among the achievers were those who completed various diplomas and MSc and postgraduate courses, and those who gained Scottish Qualifications for Headships (SQH), chartered teacher and librarian status, as well as teachers who have completed the Feurestein Instrumental Enrichment training programme – a teaching method that helps youngsters who have learning difficulties, emotional problems, or difficult family or social surroundings.

Also honoured were officials who completed the Future Leaders Programme, which gives people with leadership potential the chance to develop professionally and prepare for more senior roles.

Congratulating staff, Mr Rodger said: “The commitment and dedication they have shown to their professional development means that we maintain a well qualified and up-to-date workforce in Scottish Borders Council. In education, the benefits of this are felt by the children and adults whose learning is supported by these staff and by staff themselves who are supported by their colleagues in the education and lifelong learning department to deliver excellent education for all.”