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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14 Nov

Drumlins IPS head speaks at House of Lords

Janice Marshall, principal of Drumlins Integrated Primary School, has told an audience of distinguished guests at the House of Lords that the success of her school owes much to determined campaigners and loyal supporters. The primary school in Ballynahinch has grown from small beginnings to become the most over-subscribed primary school in the area. (more…)

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