20 Apr

£91m education cash to be made available in NI

£91m education cash to be made available in NIUnspent money totalling £91m for shared and integrated education from the Fresh Start agreement will be made available in future years.

That is according to the Treasury and the Department of Finance.

The confirmation came after BBC News NI revealed the Department of Education (DE) had only been able to spend £8m of the £100m allocated since 2016.

The department had said discussions were still taking place with Treasury to ensure unspent money was not lost.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43830518

18 Apr

Few people will be surprised at missed area planning targets – Barton

Few people will be surprised at missed area planning targets – Barton“Instead of piecemeal changes to our education system, such as many of the proposals within the current area planning process, I would suggest more radical and transformative change is needed. A single state education system, where children of all faiths and none are educated together, would not only fulfil the vision of the first and last Ulster Unionist Education Ministers – Lord Londonderry in 1921 and Basil McIvor in 1974 – but it would also deliver huge annual financial savings allowing resources to be directed to frontline schools.”

https://uup.org/news/5490/Few-people-will-be-surprised-at-missed-area-planning-targets-Barton#.WtcY3G-WyUl

18 Apr

Integrated education plays a valuable role in our society – Archibald

Integrated education plays a valuable role in our society - ArchibaldSinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said integrated education plays a valuable role in our society and commended the work of the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and Council for Integrated Education.

Speaking at the launch of IEF’s Alternative Manifesto in Stormont the East Derry MLA said:

“Sinn Fein recognise the valuable role that integrated education plays in our society and I would like to commend IEF and Council for Integrated Education on their sterling work.

“The duty to encourage and facilitate integrated education was part of the Good Friday Agreement and successive Sinn Féin Ministers have sought to build on that as a crucial element of moving to a genuinely reconciled society.

“Education is key to achieving that and this Alternative Manifesto is an important contribution to the debate on how we shape our school system and develop our educational policy together for the benefit of children and wider society.

http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/49007

13 Apr

NSS calls for school integration in NI amid religious polarisation

NSS calls for school integration in NI amid religious polarisationThe National Secular Society has reiterated its call for action to integrate schooling in Northern Ireland after a poll revealed the extent of religious polarisation there.

This week pollsters from Sky Data found that 51% of people in Northern Ireland have few or no friends from religious groups other than their own. Among 18-34 year-olds the figure was 58%, as high as any other age group.

The poll also found that 69% of people in Northern Ireland support integrated education.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/04/nss-calls-for-school-integration-in-ni-amid-religious-polarisation

26 Mar

Carl Frampton named as a patron for Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

Carl Frampton named as a patron for Northern Ireland Council for Integrated EducationBoxer Carl Frampton says segregating children from an early age just ‘doesn’t make sense’ as he puts his weight behind Integrated Education in Northern Ireland.

The former world champion boxer was today named as patron of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and insisted Northern Ireland politicians need to find a way past the current impasse as soon as possible.

“When you think about separating kids, it’s one thing separating boys and girls but separating different religions to the point where some kids might not meet someone who is of a different religion they are until they’re 16 years old and they leave school, it just doesn’t make sense for me.

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/carl-frampton-named-patron-northern-14437028

 

14 Mar

NI schools to get less money per pupil

NI schools to get less money per pupilAll schools in Northern Ireland are to receive less money per pupil in 2018-19, the BBC has learnt.

They will receive more than £6 less per pupil compared to the previous year.

That comes after more substantial cuts to funding per pupil, especially in primary and nursery schools, in 2017-18.

The Department of Education (DE) had already warned that there was no money to pay for additional pressures schools may face this year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43393375


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