11 Jan

Union calls on Head of Civil Service to use powers to give teachers pay award

Union calls on Head of Civil Service to use powers to give teachers pay awardA teaching union has called on the Head of Civil Service in Northern Ireland to use his powers to give teachers a pay award.

The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has written to David Sterling, the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, calling on him to allocate finances to the Department of Education to enable them to make a significant above inflation pay award for teachers for 2017-18.


9 Jan

GCSE marks revoked after coursework leak

GCSE marks revoked after coursework leakHundreds of pupils in Northern Ireland will have their GCSE computer science coursework marks revoked after details of the task were leaked online.

The decision has been taken by the exams regulator Ofqual.

The programming exercise, worth one fifth of the overall mark, will not count towards pupils’ final grades.

The decision will only affect pupils in Northern Ireland sitting the GCSE through UK exam boards AQA, OCR, Pearson and Eduqas.


3 Jan

Global education rankings to measure tolerance

Global education rankings to measure toleranceInternational education rankings are going to test a very different type of skill next year.

The Pisa tests, which compare teenagers’ ability in reading, maths and science, for the first time are also going to test “global competence”.

But how do you assess global competence? What does it actually mean?

This week the OECD set out its framework for the new test and the thinking behind its introduction.

The tests want to see whether young people can recognise fake news on social media

It’s intended to find out how well young people can understand other people’s views and cultures, how they can look beyond the partisan echo chamber of social media and distinguish reliable evidence from fake news.


3 Jan

Christmas wish comes true as Clintyclay wins survival fight

Christmas wish comes true as Clintyclay wins survival fight.Christmas came early for all involved with Clintyclay Primary School after a judge ruled in the school’s favour to prevent former Education Minister John O’Dowd from having it closed.

It brings to an end a years long legal wrangle over the Clonmore based school’s future.

The school community voted to transform to integrated status in response to a decision by John O’Dowd to close the school.

However, the then Minister persisted in efforts to close the school before Clintyclay took a judicial review against the decision. Judges found in their favour, but the Minister challenged the decision.


19 Dec

Only ‘small number’ of NI schools to get building funds

Only 'small number' of NI schools to get building fundsMore than 160 schools in Northern Ireland are waiting to find out if crucial building work will be carried out.

Work will only go ahead in “a small number” of those schools, according to the permanent secretary of the Department of Education, Derek Baker.

Mr Baker said that a “constrained budget” would limit the running of the school enhancement programme.

Hazelwood’s principal Kathleen O’Hare criticised what she called an “unwillingness of the civil servants to become political in making decisions”.

Hazelwood had applied for £3.9m to resolve accommodation issues, as its enrolment was due to rise to 1,010 pupils, while the school was originally built to hold 720.