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.

http://www.tyronecourier.uk.com/articles/news/62284/christmas-wish-comes-true-as-clintyclay-wins-survival-fight/

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42403690

14 Dec

Teachers have `no basis’ to suspend action over pay

Teachers have `no basis' to suspend action over pay Teachers have warned there is “no basis” to suspend their industrial action over pay.

Employers want action short of strike called off claiming there is a “clear detrimental impact on schools and pupils”.

All main teaching unions withdrew cooperation with inspectors as part of action, which began in January.

They rejected a pay offer that would see staff receive no across-the-board pay rise for 2015/16, and a 1 per cent cost of living uplift for 2016/17.

http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/14/news/teachers-have-no-basis-to-suspend-action-over-pay-1209966/

14 Dec

Sixth forms ‘not value for money’

Sixth forms 'not value for money'Some school sixth forms in NI are not financially sustainable or value for money and don’t meet learners’ needs, it has been claimed.

The criticism comes from Colleges NI, the body which represents NI’s six further education (FE) colleges.

They have also said that reform of the education system is “urgently required”.

This is especially in light of the significant funding gap facing schools, they said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42343637

12 Dec

NI schools in the red: Education system faces £350m funds gap

NI schools in the red: Education system faces £350m funds gapThe education system in Northern Ireland is facing a £350m funding gap by 2019-20 if it does not get more money.

The warning comes from the Education Authority’s (EA) chief executive.

Gavin Boyd has also revealed in meetings with principals that almost 400 schools will be in budget deficit this year – the highest number ever.

The EA is the body responsible for allocating money to schools and the day-to-day operation of services. Those include school transport, maintenance and support for special educational needs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42317279

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/


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