22 May

Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.

Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.

The more mixed the school, the warmer feelings pupils are likely to have towards other races and ethnicities.

The study – from the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol – looked at the attitudes of 4,000 teenagers in English state schools.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44196646#

22 May

More than 60 NI schools lose funding to run breakfast clubs

More than 60 NI schools lose funding to run breakfast clubsMore than 60 schools in Northern Ireland have lost funding to run schemes for disadvantaged children in 2018/19.

The money helps to run breakfast and homework clubs and parenting support.

The Department of Education (DE) said the 63 schools no longer met the extended schools programme’s criteria.

It is now using an updated measure of deprivation, which it said represents “a more up-to-date and accurate picture of deprivation” across NI.

The extended schools scheme, which was set up in 2006, gives schools in relatively disadvantaged areas some extra money.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44198553

16 May

Education bodies to work together to support state schools

Education bodies to work together to support state schoolsTwo education bodies have signed an agreement to work together to benefit state schools.

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) and Education Authority (EA) affirmed their collaborative approach to partnership working by publishing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The MoU sets out a framework for the two organisations to work together for the interests of controlled schools.

CSSC Chief Executive Barry Mulholland said he was delighted.

“As EA is the managing authority for the 558 schools that CSSC represents, it is critical that we work closely together on areas of mutual interest for controlled nursery, special, primary and post-primary schools,”

http://www.irishnews.com/news/educationnews/2018/05/16/news/education-bodies-to-work-together-to-support-state-schools-1329605/

16 May

Carl Frampton, World Champion Boxer Made Dreams Come True for Hundreds of Children in Integrated Schools

Carl Frampton, World Champion Boxer Made Dreams Come True for Hundreds of Children in Integrated Schools

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) was delighted to take Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, World Champion Boxer and NICIE patron on a whistle stop tour of integrated schools this week.

Carl made dreams come true for hundreds of children when he visited Cranmore Integrated Primary School in South Belfast, Cliftonville Integrated Primary School and Hazelwood Integrated College, both in his native North Belfast, before finishing the day in one of the newest integrated schools, Mallusk Integrated Primary School.

https://lovebelfast.co.uk/carl-frampton-visits-intergrated-schools/

14 May

NASUWT responds to Management Side letter on industrial action in schools

NASUWT

The NASUWT has responded to a letter issued to teachers and principals on 12 May by Gavin Boyd, Chair of the Management Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee. The letter makes a series of statements on teachers’ pay, pensions, workload and the ongoing industrial action being taken by teachers in schools.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
“Teachers will not be persuaded or intimidated by the fake news presented in the letter issued today by the employers.

“The letter from Gavin Boyd will simply infuriate teachers who are continuing to endure the painful reality of real terms cuts to pay, job insecurity and excessive workload, including as a result of a punitive inspection system.

“Mr Boyd’s letter to teachers and principals cannot hide the facts of the destructive impact of excessive workload on teachers’ lives or that the value of teachers’ pay has fallen by around 20% since 2010.

https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/news/industrial-action/northern-ireland.html


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