14 Dec

Teachers have `no basis’ to suspend action over pay

Teachers have `no basis' to suspend action over pay Teachers have warned there is “no basis” to suspend their industrial action over pay.

Employers want action short of strike called off claiming there is a “clear detrimental impact on schools and pupils”.

All main teaching unions withdrew cooperation with inspectors as part of action, which began in January.

They rejected a pay offer that would see staff receive no across-the-board pay rise for 2015/16, and a 1 per cent cost of living uplift for 2016/17.


14 Dec

Sixth forms ‘not value for money’

Sixth forms 'not value for money'Some school sixth forms in NI are not financially sustainable or value for money and don’t meet learners’ needs, it has been claimed.

The criticism comes from Colleges NI, the body which represents NI’s six further education (FE) colleges.

They have also said that reform of the education system is “urgently required”.

This is especially in light of the significant funding gap facing schools, they said.


12 Dec

NI schools in the red: Education system faces £350m funds gap

NI schools in the red: Education system faces £350m funds gapThe education system in Northern Ireland is facing a £350m funding gap by 2019-20 if it does not get more money.

The warning comes from the Education Authority’s (EA) chief executive.

Gavin Boyd has also revealed in meetings with principals that almost 400 schools will be in budget deficit this year – the highest number ever.

The EA is the body responsible for allocating money to schools and the day-to-day operation of services. Those include school transport, maintenance and support for special educational needs.


11 Dec

Lord Londonderry & Education Reform in 1920s Northern Ireland

Lord Londonderry & Education Reform in 1920s Northern IrelandAn Interesting piece about the history of integrated education posted on History Ireland in 2001.

The present situation is the outcome of a long battle between the local government—first Ulster Unionist, then appointed by London—and the main churches. It began with efforts by the first Northern Ireland education minister, the seventh Marquess of Londonderry (1878-1949), to integrate elementary schools. His efforts were pulled asunder by various denominational interests.


4 Dec

Belfast teacher sends fantastic letter to P7 transfer test pupils

Belfast teacher sends fantastic letter to P7 transfer test pupilsA Belfast teacher has written a letter for P7 pupils to help them get through the transfer test.

David Thompson, a former P6 teacher at Forge Integrated Primary in South Belfast , wanted to send his ex-pupils facing the test an important message.

And parents and children were so touched, they have been sharing the message from the “inspirational and well loved teacher” online.


30 Nov

Teaching unions push for pay rise

Teaching unions push for pay riseTeaching unions have jointly submitted a claim for a 5% cost-of-living pay rise this year, the BBC has learnt.

The Northern Ireland Teachers Council (NITC), which represents the five teaching unions, is seeking the rise from the Department of Education (DE).

However, the department said no cost-of-living increase had been approved for 2017/18.


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