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.

http://www.historyireland.com/troubles-in-ni/ni-1920-present/lord-londonderry-education-reform-in-1920s-northern-ireland/

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.

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/belfast-teacher-sends-fantastic-letter-13975599

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42175237#

28 Nov

Northern Ireland GCSE students’ computer coursework binned after online leak

Northern Ireland GCSE students' computer coursework binned after online leakHundreds of Northern Ireland school pupils face having their GCSE computer science coursework binned after the answers were leaked online.

The BBC reports that the leak affects pupils taking AQA, OCR, Pearson and Eduqas board subjects. The Northern Ireland CCEA is not affected.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-gcse-students-computer-coursework-binned-after-online-leak-36359770.html

27 Nov

There is a careful choreography which means that people of different traditions are kept separate

There is a careful choreography which means that people of different traditions are kept separateIf Northern Ireland had a president with sweeping powers, and it was you, what would you do?

There is a careful choreography which means that people of different traditions are kept separate – when I was at school, we went to different schools with different school buses and played different sports. Contact between the different communities was minimal and that is still too much the case.  So, children grow up suspicious of ‘the other’. So, I would reform education in Northern Ireland so that all publicly-funded schools were run on an integrated basis.

http://www.northernslant.com/northern-roots-careful-choreography-means-people-different-traditions-kept-separate/


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