12 Jan

Committee for Education ‘Report on the Shared Education Bill’

The Shared Education Bill is described as providing for a legislative definition of Shared Education, confering power on the Department and its relevant arms-length bodies to encourage and facilitate Shared Education, and at the same time commencing the duty specified in the Education Act (NI) 2014 for the Education Authority to encourage, facilitate and promote Shared Education. The Bill is underpinned by a Departmental policy paper entitled “Sharing Works – A Policy for Shared Education”. (more…)

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7 Jan

£72m reduction in education resource budget in Northern Ireland

via BBC NI – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35241430 

The Department of Education is facing a cash reduction of £72m in its resource budget in 2016/17.

A departmental official told the education committee that amounted to a percentage cut of 3.8%.

The department’s director of finance, Trevor Connolly, told the committee the 2016/17 budget would be “challenging”, if better than previously anticipated. (more…)

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4 Jan

New Year Message from Arlene Foster MLA – Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party

In her New Year Message DUP Leader Mrs Arlene Foster MLA said,

“The turning of another year is a time of reflection and hope. We reflect on what has passed. The decisions we made. The goals we attained and those we didn’t. We also look forward with hope at the possibilities afforded to us by another year. We set new goals and priorities for the year to come. For me this is very true in 2016.

2016 brings a massive change for my role in Northern Ireland. I want to be ambitious for the country and Party that I lead. We mustn’t limit ourselves. In the coming days, I will travel to every corner of our country. I will meet the people directly and set out my vision for the Party and for Northern Ireland. (more…)

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15 Dec

Education Minister marks the start of site work on a new £20.7m school for Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim

Education Minister John O’Dowd has joined teachers and pupils at Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim to celebrate the beginning of site works on a £20.7m new school build project.

The project, funded through the Department of Education’s Capital build programme, will see pupils being educated in a new purpose built two storey school on a single site at Steeple Road. The completed work will also include two football and one rugby pitch on the site of the existing Parkhall (Steeple Road site) school, as well as a new synthetic pitch and five new tennis courts. (more…)

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30 Nov

Anti-Bullying legislation starts passage through the Assembly

Education Minister John O’Dowd today introduced the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill to the Assembly.

The legislation will provide a legal definition of bullying; introduce a requirement for schools to record all incidents of bullying; and require Boards of Governors to take direct responsibility for developing and monitoring the effectiveness of Anti-Bullying policy and practice within schools. (more…)

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19 Nov

O’Dowd welcomes an additional £15million for Education

Education Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed an additional £15million in his budget as a result of the November monitoring round.

The Minister said: “Across the education sector, we continue to deal with a very challenging budget situation.

“This additional £15million in year allocation will be spent as follows: £5million on schools maintenance; £5million on special education and £5million to fund the drawdown of schools surpluses. (more…)

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