13 Oct

School sports programme gets reprieve in funding boost

School sports programme gets reprieve in funding boostFunding has been found to keep a school Sports Development Programme going until next March, the Department of Education has confirmed.

It had been thought the primary school scheme, that employs 51 coaches, would cease at the end of October this year.

The scheme cost £1.3m last year and provides schools with a coach from either the GAA or Irish Football Association.

No guarantee has been given that the scheme will continue beyond March 2018.


12 Oct

Education funding boost ‘bypasses sport’

Education funding boost 'bypasses sport'A school principal has expressed disappointment a funding increase for education will not be used to save a school sports scheme.

Some £10m of extra money for education was reallocated on by the finance department on Wednesday.

But the primary school sports curriculum is still to be axed at the end of the month, causing 50 job cuts.


3 Oct

Belfast’s housing policy still reflects religious and economic division

Belfast's housing policy still reflects religious and economic divisionNever far beneath the surface of day to day life, the undercurrent of Northern Ireland’s troubled past remains strong and has, once again, manifested itself in the issue of housing allocation.

Catholic families living in a shared neighbourhood in Belfast, designed to create mixed communities, have recently been told that due to threats of violence, they are no longer welcome and must leave the area. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed that four families have already moved.


7 Sep

New principal appointed at Oakgrove Integrated College

New principal appointed at Oakgrove Integrated CollegeThe new principal of a Derry school says she recognises the importance of integrated education.

Katrina Crilly has taken up the post of Oakgrove Integrated College in recent weeks following the retirement of previous principal Jill Markham.

Oakgrove College is this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of its opening.

Mrs Crilly is already well-known in local education circles, having previously been vice-principal of St Cecilia’s College


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