7 Sep

Trite cherrypicking of ILiAD Report does disservice to our children

Speaking after the publication of the ILiAD report former Education Minister, Peter Weir DUP MLA for Strangford said;

“The ILiAD report published today is a substantial document covering links between educational attainment and deprivation with 26 issues identified by respondents. These are divided into areas which respondents believe enhance education and those which respondents inhibit education. Academic selection appears in both columns with those who support it responding with arguments that it enhances opportunity, and opponents arguing that it inhibits progress. The unsurprising opinion is that there is divided opinion in Northern Ireland on the subject. (more…)

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7 Sep

SDLP meet principals over school budget crisis

SDLP representatives met with principals from a range of sectors to hear, first hand, the impact that the school budget crisis is having in classrooms across the North.

SDLP Education spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA said:

“It has been clear to us for some time that we’re on the brink of a significant crisis in school budgets that will have a severe negative impact on our children’s education. That’s why we met with principals from a range of sectors to hear their concerns and their experience of managing the substantial reductions forced on their schools by the ongoing political paralysis. (more…)

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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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