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Top marks for Island's education system!

Lessons can be learned in England and Wales from the education system in the Isle of Man.

That's according to the national president of the National Union of Teachers who has been visiting schools around the Island.

Bill Greenshields has been shown around the primary schools at Laxey and Kewaigue and the recently opened Scoill Ree Gorree in Ramsey.

He says schools in England and Wales are being run like private businesses, a concept which isn't evident in the Isle of Man.

Mr Greenshields told Manx Radio:

"Schools are cooperating with each other, there is central, accountable control - in the form of the Isle of Man government, the department and the director - and there are no unreasonable tests being applied to children.

"There are no unreasonable targets being applied, just for political purposes, there are no league tables - schools aren't competing, they are collaborating and working together - and as far as possible the inspection and advise that the schools are getting from the Isle of Man government is supportive, rather than punitive."

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