17 Aug

Peter Weir hails success of exam results for local students

Former Education Minister Peter Weir, DUP MLA for Strangford has praised students across Northern Ireland on their A and AS Level results.

He said, “I welcome the announcement of the results of this year’s A and AS level results and particularly the achievements of our local students in Northern Ireland. Yet again Northern Irish students and schools are the flagship of success for the rest of the United Kingdom, outperforming their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales. (more…)

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17 Aug

Justin McNulty MLA: Political stalemate threatening jobs in the Curriculum Sports Programme

SDLP Assembly Member Justin McNulty MLA has warned that there are just weeks to save jobs in Ulster GAA and the IFA as the political deadlock at Stormont continues.  Mr McNulty was speaking after meeting with representatives of the GAA on Wednesday morning.

Mr McNulty said, “This situation is very serious and deeply worrying.  I, together with a delegation from Ulster GAA, have already met with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education to seek a resolution to the funding for the Curriculum Sports Programme.  This Programme supports the provision of twenty-four sports coaches in local primary schools for the GAA alone, and a parallel programme is delivered through the IFA. (more…)

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7 Aug

McGrath: School funding cut will narrow opportunity

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA said he was shocked to learn that funding under the entitlement framework is to be cut by almost half.

Mr McGrath met with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education last week to discuss pressures as a result of the failure to re-establish the institutions. (more…)

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3 Aug

Mervyn Storey meets Education Chiefs

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has meet with Education Chiefs to discuss a number of ongoing issues facing schools and in particular schools within the controlled sector.

The former Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee and Finance Minister was accompanied by the Chief Executive of the newly formed Controlled Schools Support Council, Mr Barry Mulholland. (more…)

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