5 Jul

Kellie Armstrong saddened by integrated school decision

Alliance Integrated Education spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said she is saddened after the first Catholic school in Northern Ireland to try and change to integrated status was not allowed to.

Parents of pupils at Clintyclay Primary School close to Dungannon voted to change to integrated status in 2014, however, it was rejected at the time. Following legal hearings, the Department of Education agreed to look at the proposal. It has now announced it has again rejected the proposal. (more…)

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26 Jun

Chris Lyttle says educational progression should not be based on one-off test

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said educational progression should not be based on a one-off test at ages 10 and 11, after proposals for a common transfer test were agreed.

The Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) and Association of Quality Education (AQE) have agreed the proposals, which will now be subject to a consultation. The two organisations have run the two separate tests since the 11 Plus was ended in 2008. (more…)

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26 Jun

Peter Weir welcomes plan for common transfer test

Statement by Peter Weir DUP Education Spokesman and Strangford MLA

“I welcome the excellent news that a plan has been agreed between AQE and PPTC to create a common transfer test for entry to post primary grammars. While this plan will still need to go out to consultation, and will take time to implement, this is a major step forward and I commend both organisations on reaching a pupil focused sensible compromise which preserves the integrity of the transfer process itself. Until now most pupils entered one test or the other effectively reducing choice, and for those who entered both, around 2000 pupils each year were faced with the stress of five separate exams over five separate Saturdays. The end is now in sight for those facing five tests, with most students only facing two one hour tests, with the  protection of those who were unwell of a third test to ensure they were not disadvantaged. (more…)

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25 Jun

Sinn Féin to launch ‘One Community’ anti-sectarianism policy – Kearney

Writing for An Phoblacht today Sinn Féin Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said the party’s new policy on anti-sectarianism ‘One Community’ will be launched by Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald on Monday 25th June in the Houben Centre, Crumlin Road Belfast at 11am.

And the South Antrim MLA said anti-sectarianism should be at the heart of our political and civic institutions.

Declan Kearney said:

“Sinn Féin is absolutely committed to bringing about a rights-based and integrated shared society in Ireland.

“We believe anti-sectarianism should be at the heart of our political and civic institutions. (more…)

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21 Jun

Education officials should abandon ‘devastating’ cuts plan – Karen Mullan

Renewed plans to cut support for school meals and uniform grants are wrong and will have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable families in our society, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has said.

Commenting ahead of a meeting with the education officials, the Foyle MLA said she has been informed that the Department of Education and the Education Authority (EA) plan to reduce both supports. (more…)

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