15 Apr

£3million available to pre-schools for new learning programme

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has launched a new £3million learning programme aimed at pre-school settings.

Funded jointly by the NI Executive and The Atlantic Philanthropies, the ‘Getting Ready to Learn’ programme will benefit from an investment of £3million over the next three years as part of the ‘Early Intervention Transformation Programme’ (EITP).

The scheme is open to applicants until 29 April 2016.


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24 Mar

Call for submissions to the Independent Review of Integrated Education

Review of Integrated Education

The Minister has launched an independent review of the planning, growth and development of integrated education.  NICIE President Colm Cavanagh and Professor Margaret Topping from The Queen’s University of Belfast have been appointed to undertake the review.  The panel will be engaging with key stakeholders over the coming months. The review will report by 30 June 2016.  https://www.deni.gov.uk/articles/independent-review-integrated-education

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2 Mar

Stormont Committee queries Department of Education planning process

The Public Accounts Committee today published its report on the Sustainability of Schools  which contains queries over the way surplus school places are calculated. This has serious implications for the Department of Education’s Sustainable Schools Policy (SSP).  The Committee expresses concern about the reliability of the Department’s data and questions whether is has calculated surplus places accurately. The calculation of surplus school places is based on approved enrolments less actual enrolments. However, the approved enrolment figure is, in many cases, based on historic school capacity data and not on current standards.  (more…)

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