27 Jun

McGrath: Audit Office SEN report must be acted upon

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has said that the findings of an Audit Office report into Special Educational Needs provision raises serious concerns and must be acted upon.

He said:
“It is a matter of deep concern that the Audit Office concluded that neither the Department of Education nor the Education Authority were able to demonstrate value for money in SEN provision. The support provided to children with SEN statements is invaluable to their development so it comes as a surprise that there has been no effective mechanism for evaluating that support. (more…)

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19 Jun

Our education system should be subject to a review, says Chris Lyttle

Northern Ireland’s education system should be subject to a systematic review to ensure we are providing the best experience for children, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle has said.

Mr Lyttle said the recent move by 146 school principals to sign a letter calling for an immediate increase of seven per cent in school budgets showed how precarious the sector was. The letter was sent to Secretary of State James Brokenshire, education officials and the DUP and Sinn Fein. (more…)

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14 Jun

McGrath: Education crisis demands restoration of Power Sharing

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath has called on parties to commit to restoring power sharing as crisis in school budgets becomes critical.

Mr McGrath, a former youth worker, said that formal and non-formal education providers are being placed under immense professional and personal pressure to deliver more with less. (more…)

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11 Apr

McGrath: Children suffering most from political crisis

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that the impact that the ongoing political crisis is having on children and young people is unacceptable.

Mr McGrath said that cuts to education, as a result of the inability of the last Executive to agree a budget, put children in the firing line for a failure of politics. (more…)

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