Peter Carpenter, the Director of the Office of Education Standards, will depart the post at the end of the year.
Reflecting on the Office’s achievements over his three-year tenure, Mr Carpenter says: “It has been a great honour and privilege to serve the education community of the Cayman Islands.
At the time of my departure in late December 2020, the Office of Education Standards will have inspected all of the educational institutions across the islands and we will have published over 80 individual school reports as well as a number of strategic reviews regarding government and private schools. I believe that the inspections and the reports have helped support and guide our colleagues in schools; both government and private.”
Chief Officer of the Portfolio of the Civil Service, Gloria McField-Nixon, applauds the OES’ contributions under Mr. Carpenter’s leadership.
“In a relatively short time, the OES established an inspection framework and, if all goes to plan, by the end of this year their goal is to complete the final rounds of inspections which will provide baseline results for all educational institutions. This body of work provides a blueprint for raising educational outcomes across the Cayman Islands. Mr. Carpenter has been a driving force in the OES’s success and he has steadily built a team which will carry on this important work. Also, a recruitment campaign has already kicked off to fill the top post,” she added.
Commenting on his time in the Cayman Islands, Mr. Carpenter said: “I appreciate the positive attitude towards inspection that has been demonstrated by so many of the teachers and school leaders across Cayman and the support that has been provided by the Government and the Portfolio of the Civil Service. I believe there has been an improvement in educational standards over the last three years. I have full confidence that this will continue.”
Mr. Carpenter also highlights the recent publication of the new inspection framework Successful Schools And Achieving Students 2, for inspections commencing in January 2021, which will “offer an ambitious direction and pace for ongoing improvement.”
The OES is currently in the process of recruiting a replacement Director; applications are open until Sunday, 25 October 2020.