30 Nov

Education Minister Peter Weir MLA visits the new site for Drumlins Integrated Primary School

Education Minister Peter Weir MLA today (30 November) attended the official cutting of the sod on the new site for Drumlins Integrated Primary School in Ballynahinch.

The new £3.5 million, purpose-built primary school was announced in June 2014 and has been made possible due to the Fresh Start funding which followed the Stormont House Agreement. The new school will be located at the site of the former South Eastern Education and Library Board’s headquarters in the town centre and is due for completion by September 2017. (more…)

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29 Nov

Teachers strike to affect Belfast and Newtownabbey schools

A strike by members of the NASUWT teachers’ union will affect schools across Belfast and Newtownabbey this Wednesday (30 November).   The industrial action will affect individual schools differently, depending on how many of their staff are NASUWT members.  Some are closing for the day whilst others are opening for certain classes only.

The union – the largest teaching union in Northern Ireland – says that this will be the first phase in a rolling series of strikes, which will target different areas of Northern Ireland as a dispute over teachers’ pay and workload continues. (more…)

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16 Nov

Schools are improving but could do better, says NI Chief Inspector

Northern Ireland’s Chief Inspector of Schools says too many pupils are being failed in the classroom. Presenting her report for 2014-2016, however,  Noelle Buick acknowledged that there are many aspects of education in NI which should be celebrated and said education and training continue to improve. She also praised the “many exceptional leaders, teachers, trainers and lecturers that put the learners’ needs and success above all else.” (more…)

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