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Public Schools Branch

The Public Schools Branch designs, develops, implements, and evaluates programs, courses, services, related policies and resources including student and teaching resources to support implementation, for the public school system, correspondence studies, and on-line learning.

Additionally, this branch:

  • offers English first and second language programs, French second language programs, and courses in other languages including Gaelic, Mi’kmaq, and others

  • co-ordinates early learning programs, and the development, delivery and evaluation of youth engagement and development initiatives, and related projects

  • designs, develops, administers, marks, and reports on provincial, national, and international assessments of student achievement

  • provides resources for special education, comprehensive guidance and counseling, multi-cultural education

  • supports and advocates for for, diversity, equity and anti-discriminatory practices

  • supports the educational achievement of Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotians

  • evaluates and provides print and technological learning resources, and advises school boards on the effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) and non-print media in support of learning

  • provides professional development for administrators and teachers

  • manages ICT requirements for school construction and renovation projects

  • co-ordinates education program, service, and performance quality standards

  • administers the Nova Scotia School Accreditation Program

  • provides labour relations support to school boards

  • advises school boards on educational and operational matters